Special Report

Worst Earthquakes of All Time

Thomas C. Frohlich

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25. 1042 Tabriz earthquake
> Total deaths: 50,000
> Magnitude: 7.6
> Affected areas: Iran: Tabriz

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24. 1990 Rudbar-Manjil earthquake
> Total deaths: 50,000
> Magnitude: 7.7
> Affected areas: Iran: Rasht, Qazvin, Zanjan, Rudbar, Manjil

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23. 1780 Tabriz earthquake
> Total deaths: 50,000
> Magnitude: 7.7
> Affected areas: Iran: Tabriz

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22. 1739 Ningxia earthquake
> Total deaths: 50,000
> Magnitude: 8.0
> Affected areas: China: Ningxia

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21. 1755 Lisbon earthquake
> Total deaths: 50,000
> Magnitude: 8.5
> Affected areas: Portugal: Lisbon