Top 10 Largest Earthquakes Ever Recorded

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An earthquake is a vibration that occurs on the surface of the earth that is because of the movement of the earth’s crust or plates. Gauges or seismograph called seismometers or also known as seismograph. Magnitude of an earthquake is expressed in the Richter scale. Earthquakes mostly occur due to the release of energy due to the slab or the earth’s crust that move, besides that it can also be caused by the movement of magma within the volcano, the accumulation of large masses of water behind the dam and also can be caused from the detonation of explosives. This is Top 10 largest earthquakes Ever Recorded.

10. Kanto Earthquake

Kanto Earthquake

Kanto Earthquake

Kanto earthquake centered on the Kanto plain in Japan’s Honshu Island on September 1, 1923 and killed about 105,000 people. The earthquake is estimated at 7.9-8.4 on the Richter scale.

9. Ashgabat Earthquake
This earthquake killed about 110,000 deaths in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on October 5, 1948. The earthquake was recorded at 7.3 on the Richter scale.

8. Earthquake Hokkaidō
Hokkaidō earthquake occurred in Japan in 1730 and killed at least 137,000 lives was lost.

7. Earthquake Ardabil
The earthquake caused deaths of 150,000 people is centered in Iran in the year 893.

6. Earthquake Damghan
The earthquake was centered in Iran in 856 countries and killing at least 200,000 people.

5. Indian Ocean Earthquake

Sumatera Earthquake

Sumatera Earthquake

This earthquake occurred on December 26, 2004 in the Indian Ocean, off the west coast of Aceh. The quake measuring 9.3 on the Richter scale, which is the largest earthquake in Southeast Asia in 40 years recently. This earthquake also caused a tsunami that killed approximately 230,000 inhabitants.

4. Aleppo Earthquake
An earthquake centered in the city of Aleppo, Syria on October 11, 1138, killing at least 230,000 people. The earthquake has magnitude 8.5 on the Richter scale.

3. Haiyuan Earthquake
The earthquake that occurred on December 16, 1920 in the town of Haiyuan, Ningxia, China has led to at least 240 000 lives were lost. Haiyuan earthquake is about 7.8-8.5 magnitude in the Richter scale.

2. Tangshan Earthquake

This earthquake occurred on July 28, 1976 in Tangshan of Hebei, China. This earthquake killed about 255,000 people expected. This earthquake took place in the morning and is expected to take place in 10 seconds with 8.o Richter scale.

1. Shaanxi Earthquake

Shaanxi Earthquake

Shaanxi Earthquake

The most deadly earthquakes in history occurred on February 14, 1556 in Shaanxi, China is estimated to kill no less than 830 000 people. This earthquake was recorded at 8.0 on the Richter scale.

The list above is the largest earthquake ever recorded throughout history.


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