The Five Worst Killer Earthquakes in History

Here are five of the worst earthquakes in the world that killed thousands of people.

Earthquakes naturally occur due to the sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves. This may either happen on land or down below the sea mantle. Here are some of the most notable earthquakes in history.

Shaanxi Earthquake

The worst earthquake recorded in history happened in China in the year 1556. The number of death toll is unknown yet traditionally it is being given an 830, 000. The reason for the numerous death is that most of the people lived in artificial caves in Loess cliffs that collapsed during the catastrophic incident. The earthquakes caused many landslides that made the caves collapse. All in all there are about 840-kilometre or 520 miles destroyed during the earthquake.

Indian Ocean Earthquake

In the year 2004, an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.1 to 9.3 hit the indian ocean that caused a tsunami, known as the Boxing Day Tsunami. The initial death toll by the associated press reported a number of 100, 100 dead people but after the final count, it was reported that the death toll rised up to 225,000. The after effect was so great that it even reached Maldives and Thailand.

Tangshan Earthquake

The said tragedy happened on July 28, 1976 that killed 255,000 people. It is said that it is the second worst earthquake that happened all over the world. According to the Richter Magnitude Scale, it recorded a 8.2 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake lasted for about ten seconds.

Haiyuan Earthquake

The disaster happened in the year 1920. According to Richter Magnitude Scale, the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8, but then China claimed that it was 8.5.  Whatever was the correct madnitude, it sure did kill thousands of people. Total casualty was reported as 200,000 in a summary published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and 240,000 according to “Ningxia Daily”, a Chinese publication in the current administrative area.

Aleppo Earthquake

This disaster happened in the year 1138 that was located near the town of Aleppo in northern Syria. According to history the the earthquake was an earthquake with  an 8.5 magnitude. It is labeled as the fourth worst earthquake in the world killing 230, 00 people.

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  1. imaginearea Says...

    On March 25, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I once lived in Japan and they have many mini earthquakes there every year. Great article.


  2. QueenZee Says...

    On March 25, 2009 at 11:17 am

    INTERESTING WORK, I AM CERTAINLY THANKFUL TO HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING SO SCARY IN MY OWN LIFE, AND I PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE.


  3. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On March 25, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Earths destructive powers ALMOST come close to that of our own doing.


  4. Mark Gordon Brown Says...

    On March 25, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I dont know how it ranked against those ones.. but I still remember hearing about the San Francisco earthquake, I think that was in the 1980’s
    Good link


  5. Wonderer Says...

    On March 25, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Very well put-together.


  6. Joie Schmidt Says...

    On March 25, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing.*

    Blessings.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.


  7. acecampillo Says...

    On March 25, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for the comments.. :)


  8. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On March 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Horrible what nature will do to us. Interesting subject.


  9. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On March 25, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Earthquakes are scary and terrible!


  10. Chris Stonecipher Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    The power of mother nature is just incredible but many times horrific. Thanks for sharing.


  11. Unofre Pili Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 9:18 am

    One minute of strong earthquake could collapse a civilization put up for hundreds of years. They are far horrible than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.


  12. Odanneyboy Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Stationed here in the Philippines during the 1990 earthquake there still remain signs of the disaster. My home now in Baguio City was a place that was devastated. We had a first hand look as we delivered supplies from Clark Air Base shortly after. Earthquakes are most likely the most unexpected and frightening events of nature.

    Good piece.


  13. Odanneyboy Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Stationed here in the Philippines during the 1990 earthquake there still remain signs of the disaster. My home now in Baguio City was a place that was devastated. We had a first hand look as we delivered supplies from Clark Air Base shortly after. Earthquakes are most likely the most unexpected and frightening events of nature.

    Good piece.


  14. sabrina Says...

    On March 31, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    these pics are so awesome when i loook at the pics i can tell that the quakes were rlly bad PUT MORE PICS ON PLZ


  15. Curtis Jackson Says...

    On April 28, 2009 at 11:05 am

    hit me up if you have any problems still from earth qaukes, ill give you some dough, later

    G-UNIT


  16. Elena Says...

    On September 30, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Mother Earth will, in the end, protect herself … as she has shown us time and time again. Good article. Thanks


  17. Yo mommma Says...

    On October 23, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Veryyyy Intresting…
    :)


  18. Yo Dadday Says...

    On October 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

    ohdearbabyjesus. I pray for these unfortunate people. Lordeth have your prayerths be upon them, in your grace. I pray! Amen.


  19. taylah eaton Says...

    On October 27, 2009 at 12:52 am

    hi im taylah adams. im from heatley primary school. im bored.


  20. farshad Says...

    On November 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    DEAR VISITORS

    I AM SENDING THIS MSG FROM PERSIA(IRAN),HEAVY EARTHQUAKE HAPPENED IN SOUTH-EAST OF IRAN AT 2003.ABOUT 26000 PEOPLE DIED AND 30000 INJURED AFTER EARTHQUAKE…..I ONLY WANTED TO MENTIONED THAT BAD EARTHQUAKE.GOF BLESS THEM.


  21. :) Says...

    On November 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    :(


  22. ??5 W's?? Says...

    On December 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    What caused the Shaanxi Earthquake?


  23. ??5W's?? Says...

    On December 8, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    How was the Shaanxi Earthquake dealt with afterwards?


  24. NGS Says...

    On December 16, 2009 at 9:48 am

    very well put togethor and agree that mother nature is an un-kind, not giving kind of thing. earthquakes are horred dont get me wrong, but the bombs we dropped on japan in 1945 was mass destruction. you can prtect yourself from a earthquake a little bit not much though. there is no way of getting away from an “A”bomb. sorry to Unofre Pili Says…


  25. Sam Says...

    On January 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    the Hiroshima bomb killed 100,000 (possibly 200,000 when cancer cases are considered). The Nagasaki bomb killed maybe 75,000. Every earthquake on this list had a greater number of deaths. You may say it’s easy to protect yourself from an earthquake, but the numbers say otherwise. Also, the Haiti Earthquake that just occurred could have a death toll in the range of 100,000 to 500,000.


  26. Lesley Says...

    On January 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    10 seconds of an earthquake can kill up to 200,000 thousand people or more.


  27. kailex Says...

    On February 28, 2010 at 1:39 am

    yeahh i lived in Japan too(okinawa) we had mini earthquakes.. just like little vibrations


  28. Paul Says...

    On March 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Ahh but the FLU Pandemic has all those earthquakes and nuclear bombs beat within 1 year. The 1918 Flu Pandemic killed between 20 and 40 million people within 1 years time.

    http://www.stanford.edu/group/virus/uda/


  29. jamal Says...

    On March 1, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    The recent earthquakes that have accured in haiti and chile may just be sighns from god and if it is just be ready for what is to come. and remeber go protects all his children.
    -god bless to the devastating impacts these incidents have made on people


  30. Diasia elainee Says...

    On April 9, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    This is very sad what mother nature can do to us at any given moment. I am truely blessed to still be alive. I pray A earthquake never comes to South Carolina.


  31. Zawaad Abdullah Says...

    On April 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    ifeel horrible for those people(sigh)i was also in an earthquake massacre in bangladesh nature’s strong forces are also deadly.


  32. parmeshwar molagu Says...

    On April 21, 2010 at 7:41 am

    earthquecks are natures most powerfull distruction.its create life on earth and it has power to distroy the earth.


  33. sl8r Says...

    On April 26, 2010 at 10:57 am

    these earthquakes r really bad :(


  34. lissy Says...

    On May 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    holly bit


  35. beshah Says...

    On May 6, 2010 at 10:41 am

    oh i’ve been in an earthquake before……yeah i wuz in haiti while it happened and melissa and bob adopted me…i didnt get hurt at all.


  36. krystal Says...

    On May 6, 2010 at 10:44 am

    yeah awww i feel SO sorry for u beshah….:(((


  37. beshah Says...

    On May 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

    i know but i wuz okay i got a few cuts but i wuz alrite……and melissa iz a mean adopted mom she abuses meh…but thats ok:)))) cuz im stayn with mi friends madi and fern


  38. krystal Says...

    On May 6, 2010 at 10:47 am

    oh thats sew sad!!!! :( ( where do u live now???


  39. beshah Says...

    On May 6, 2010 at 10:49 am

    i live in antartica with the penguins…its sew cold here! i wish i wuz in the USA


  40. KRYSTAL Says...

    On May 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

    YA RITE!!! U DONT LIVE IN ANTARTICA CUZ ITS TOO COLD THERE FOR HUMANS!!! U SOUND LIKE UR LYING..ITS NOT FUNNY ABOUT HAITI..! :( (((((


  41. beshah:( Says...

    On May 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

    no im not. ok watever bi


  42. Demi Lovato Says...

    On May 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

    oh, well i heard in cleburne, tx there wuz an earthquake but it wasnt to bad cuz it jus shook evrything


  43. anastia Says...

    On June 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    oh my gosh it looks so bad and who everput demi lovato is a facker she does not spell like that


  44. Michael0101 Says...

    On June 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Has anyone read a book that was written in 1788 by E.G. White called, “America in Prophecy”? …An interesting book about Biblical prophecies being fulfilled. I don’t agree with everything that she writes in her book, but I thought it was interesting that she called “The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755″ the worst earthquake in History up until 1788, when she wrote her book. She states that this earthquake was fulfilling prophecy. It is also interesting that this earthquake and tsunami occurred November 1, 1755, which was on the Catholic holiday, “All Saint’s Day”. I’m sure in 1788, this horrible earthquake in Lisbon was still fresh on people’s minds, and I can see how she would consider this the worst. Apparently, she was wrong, according the information on this website.


  45. yo yo Says...

    On August 23, 2010 at 10:12 am

    i love it


  46. TheScienceGirl Says...

    On September 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    The Aleppo Earthquake? I wasn’t even born yet ROfl


  47. jezara says Says...

    On September 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    that is just sad


  48. balee Says...

    On September 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    omg the people how lived are lucky


  49. baylee Says...

    On September 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    omg the people how lived are lucky


  50. Pepper Says...

    On October 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    wow…. so scary to think about…


  51. Tony A. Says...

    On November 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    :.( so sad.wwwwwwwhhhhhhhyyyyyyy!!!!!!


  52. tapanga Says...

    On November 30, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    that is sooooooooooooooo sad):


  53. tapanga Says...

    On November 30, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    that is sooooo amazing!!


  54. Tapanga Lawrence Says...

    On November 30, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    that is sooooo amazing!!


  55. tapanga Says...

    On November 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    i hate earthquakes they are so scary…


  56. Whitney Says...

    On February 18, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I wonder if south carolina will ever have a a earth quake


  57. dineshkrsingh Says...

    On September 12, 2012 at 3:58 am

    HI GUYS ,THERE IS A FIXED PATTERN OF THINGS WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EARTHQUAKES AND TSUNAMI WHICH CAN BE CALCULATED MUCH BEFORE WHEN AND WHERE IT OCCUR BUT IT CANT BE CONTROLLED OR CHANGED BECOZ NATURE FIND ITS WAY AND REASON TO MAINTAIN THE BALANCE WHICH IS DISTURBED BY THE PARTICULAR WRONG WAY DEVELOPED DUE TO SELFISH BEHAVIOUR AND UNNATURAL ACTIVITY IN THE SURROUNDING
    .


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