Special Report

Worst Earthquakes of All Time

Thomas C. Frohlich

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30. 1939 Erzincan earthquake
> Total deaths: 32,700
> Magnitude: 7.7
> Affected areas: Turkey: Erzincan

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29. 1721 Tabriz earthquake
> Total deaths: 40,000
> Magnitude: 7.7
> Affected areas: Iran: Tabriz

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28. 1797 Riobamba earthquake
> Total deaths: 40,000
> Magnitude: 8.3
> Affected areas: Ecuador: Riobamba, Quito, Cuzco

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27. 1927 Gansu earthquake
> Total deaths: 40,912
> Magnitude: 7.6
> Affected areas: China: Gansu Province

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26. 1668 Shandong earthquake
> Total deaths: 42,578
> Magnitude: 8.5
> Affected areas: China: Shandong Province