Top 10 Cities Vulnerable to Earthquakes

Day-in and day-out, we hear news about earthquakes; earthquakes are natural calamities and they claim hundreds and thousands of valuable lives. Is there a way by which we can know whether our city is vulnerable to earthquakes or not? Yes…GeoHazards International in connection with United Nations conducted a study to find out cities vulnerable to earhtquakes based on parameters like magnitude of earthquake being 6.0 or above, building frality, etc.

We read news about earthquakes often in newspapers. The recent earthquake that we are aware of is Haiti and it claimed around 2 million lives. Earthquakes are really terrible as it leaves hundreds and thousands of people not only homeless but make them orphans. I really feel very bad when I read such news. Is there something that we can do to lessen the suffering? Will it be helpful if we know which cities are vulnerable to earthquakes? I think yes…here is the list of top 10 cities that are prone to earthquakes based on the number of lives that may be claimed if an earthquake hits these cities.

A recent study was done by GeoHazards International and United Nations to understand cities that are prone to or vulnerable to earthquakes across Asia and America as these are the places that are most vulnerable to seismic activity. Earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 and above were taken for their study. They took various parameters like building frailty, life-saving abilities and facilities available, how prone the area is to natural calamities like landslides and fire for their research.

Parameters taken for study:  

  • Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 and above
  • Building frailty
  • Life-saving abilities
  • Potential for Landslides and fire 

1. Kathmandu, Nepal: In the year 1934, a major earthquake hit Nepal and killed nearly 20,000 people. This was the last major earthquake recorded in Nepal. Kathmandu is the densely populated city in Nepal with over 1 million people and when an earthquake hits, it may claim nearly 69,000 lives.

 Image courtesy asianoffbeat

2. Istanbul, Turkey: The earthquake that occurred in the year 1509 was the major earthquake recorded in Istanbul city. This earthquake referred as “The Lesser Judgement Day” as it killed around 10,000 people followed by aftershocks for a period of 45 days. Istanbul has a population close to 10 million and lies between Africa and Eurasia. A whooping 55,000 people may lose their lives if an earthquake hits this city of Turkey.

 Image courtesy turkiye

3. Delhi, India: An earthquake with a highest magnitude recorded in history in Delhi was 5.6 in the year 1960. Delhi is yet another densely populated city with a population close to 14 million. This is one of the largest cities in India and an earthquake may claim nearly 38,000 lives.

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39 Responses to “Top 10 Cities Vulnerable to Earthquakes”
  1. Ann Yo Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Excellent information about cities that are prone to earthquakes. I like reading your article and thanks for sharing it. 5* plus recommendation!

  2. sunnyiam Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    thank god ,hyd isnt in that list..hehe

  3. suhail Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    yeh earthquake and its devastation , proves how weak we people really are against nature :) .. informative read !

  4. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm


  5. Atanacio Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    very good share

  6. drishti8 Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    OMG I live near Delhi. :)

  7. CA Johnson Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    This is very interesting. It is terrible that these cities have to deal with earthquakes. We don’t have earthquakes in New Jersey, but I do feel for the people who have suffered from earthquakes.

  8. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I feel so sorry for those in earthquakes but I’m glad I don’t live in those areas. I have felt a few light ones.

  9. drelayaraja Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Shocking to see Delhi at no 3. Wonderful share.

  10. Jo N Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    thank god i’m not in one of these places

  11. TwiKnight Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Yeah, I remember the Indonesian earthquake. Gave my country a tsunami many will never forget too… Kinda rules out the whole ‘There’s no place safer than home’ thing, doesn’t it? Great article, mate!

  12. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On July 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Earthquake is a terrible disaster. I remember that the Szechuan earthquake happened last year in China had taken away many innocent lives. liked it. :-)

  13. diyakapoor Says...

    On July 13, 2010 at 3:33 am

    thanks for sharing the informative post

  14. Eunice Tan Says...

    On July 13, 2010 at 5:44 am

    So scary. Some of my relatives is in Jakarta. They should be very careful.

  15. Vaibhav Diwaker Says...

    On July 13, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Nice article packed with useful information………..though, I am a bit surprised to see Delhi here…….

  16. Starpisces Says...

    On July 13, 2010 at 7:54 am

    yah, very scary thing, and so far I have felt the earth quake too in S’pore as we are quite near to Indonesia.

  17. rajaryanme Says...

    On July 13, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Nice study included in your article thanks for sharing the knowledge.

  18. joetimo Says...

    On July 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Great post and thanks for info

  19. Idlepen Says...

    On July 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    rich info…carry on my friend…

  20. Tulan Says...

    On July 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I feel so sorry about these earthquakes and the people who are suffering.

  21. LOVELYHONEY Says...

    On July 14, 2010 at 3:20 am

    the hand of GOD

    is in all disasters

    He is also our master

    and pulls out some

    others he takes to his abode
    the luckier ones

    u read me

    i shall read u

    this is my everlasting

    my promise

    to uuuuuuuuuuuuu

  22. mcaneena Says...

    On July 14, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Nice info about earthquakes….

  23. yes me Says...

    On July 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Interesting read cheers for the share

  24. Belle Dob Says...

    On July 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I’ll be sure not to live in any of those cities. :-)

  25. giftarist Says...

    On July 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Informative one, these places sure are scary and earthquakes can happen anytime.

  26. johnpillai Says...

    On July 15, 2010 at 1:58 am

    made me thoughtful

  27. T. S. GARP Says...

    On July 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Great information.

  28. heidiefernandez Says...

    On July 16, 2010 at 12:38 am

    great post…!!

  29. scheng1 Says...

    On July 16, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Why is Tokyo not in the list? Tokyo is a city destined for a devastating earthquake.

  30. LCM Linda Says...

    On July 17, 2010 at 1:15 am

    If an earthquake happens at my place, can the buildings resist vibrations? I always wonder and pray no such thing happens to tell me the answer. Informative article. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On July 17, 2010 at 6:42 am

    A very interesting article. My son in Japan was talking to me over Skype a short while ago when his room started to shake and ornaments fell off the table. He just managed to rescue his TV. Apparently these tremors are commonplace where he lives. It scared me i can tell you.


  32. gaby7 Says...

    On July 17, 2010 at 6:50 am

    We are still here by the grace of God, otherwise, this is a very dangerous world.

  33. Agnes Chin Says...

    On July 17, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Hope the advancement of today’s technology can predict any kind of natural disasters so that preparations can be done to save lives.

  34. Gijo George Says...

    On July 18, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Earthquakes are on a rise and more places are likely to be affected in future.

  35. wonder Says...

    On July 23, 2010 at 3:34 am

    A very informative post, it is scary too. Lots to learn about.

  36. Abhipray Sahoo Says...

    On July 23, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Hmmm….firstly, very well-researched!
    It’s very frightening to know these places, so close to you, are earth-quake prone.

  37. agrant10 Says...

    On July 29, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Earthquakes can be very devastating. Very well written.

  38. Aileen Tecson Says...

    On August 6, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Very good listing!

  39. ashma Says...

    On April 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

    my kathmandu

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