Earthquakes are one of the most deadly natural disasters. This powerful geological movement taking place within the earth has killed millions of people so far. One look at the deadliest earthquakes ever.
The 1556 earthquake in China’s Shanxi province is called the most deadly earthquake in human history. According to scientists, the earthquake of about 8 magnitude on the Richter Scale broke the ground in many places. There were landslides in many places. The earthquake killed 8,30,000 people.
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The earthquake in Tangshan, about 100 km from Beijing, the capital of China, killed 2,55,000 people. According to unofficial reports, the number of dead was more than 6 lakhs. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake made its impact up to Beijing.
Indian Ocean, 2004
In December 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake caused great devastation in Indonesia. The earthquake emitted energy equivalent to 23,000 nuclear bombs. The tsunami waves that caused this caused great damage to life and property in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia. The biggest loss was in Sumatra, Indonesia. In total, this disaster killed 2,27,898 people. 1.7 million people were displaced.
According to historical documents, that earthquake in Syria shook Aleppo completely. The walls of the fort and the rocks became frozen. The small towns around Aleppo were also completely ruined. It is estimated that that earthquake killed 2,30,000 people.
A magnitude 7 earthquake on the Richter scale made 2,22,570 a bite. One lakh houses were destroyed. 13 lakh people had to be displaced. Haiti is still rebuilding.
Damghan was once the capital of Iran. According to historical documents, about 12 century ago a powerful earthquake arose from the city of Damghan. The earthquake completely destroyed the capital and its surrounding areas. The death toll was estimated at 2 lakh.
The tremors of about 7.8 magnitude earthquake in China were felt thousands of kilometers up to Norway. The earthquake killed 2 lakh people in Haiyuan Province. A large village was buried by landslides in the neighboring province of Shijie. All the houses near big cities like Logande and Huining were demolished. The earthquake stopped some rivers and changed the path of some forever
The tremor of the Damghan earthquake in Iran was not even over that another major earthquake occurred 37 years later. It engulfed Ardabil, the largest city in northwestern Iran. Nearly 1,50,000 people died. Once in 1997, there was another powerful earthquake in this area.
The 7.9 magnitude earthquake caused great devastation in Tokyo and Yokohama areas. More than one and a half million houses were damaged. It is also called Great Tokyo Earthquake. Four-meter-high tsunami waves followed the earthquake. The disaster killed 1,43,000 people.
On October 5, 1948, the Asgabad region of Turkmenistan was hit by a powerful earthquake. The 7.3-magnitude flood water caused extensive damage to the villages in and around Asgabad. Many trains were also victims of the accident. The earthquake killed 1,10,000 people.
A 7.6-magnitude earthquake in the disputed region of India and Pakistan killed at least 88 thousand people. The tremors of this earthquake that came in the morning were felt till India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and China. About 87 thousand people died in Pakistan. 1,350 people died in India.
More than 87,000 people lost their lives. Nearly one crore people were displaced. The earthquake of magnitude 7.9 also killed 10,000 school children. According to the Chinese government, the earthquake caused about $ 86 billion in damage.