Special Report

Worst Earthquakes of All Time

Thomas C. Frohlich

Source: Unknown, copper engraving Germany, 1696 / Wikimedia Commons

20. 1693 Sicily earthquake
> Total deaths: 60,000
> Magnitude: 6.0
> Affected areas: Italy: Sicily, Calabria, Catania

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19. 1101 Khorasan earthquake
> Total deaths: 60,000
> Magnitude: 6.5
> Affected areas: Iran: Khorasan

Source: Public Domain

18. 1935 Quetta earthquake
> Total deaths: 60,000
> Magnitude: 7.5
> Affected areas: Pakistan: Quetta

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17. 1970 Ancash earthquake
> Total deaths: 66,794
> Magnitude: 7.9
> Affected areas: Peru: Northern regions, Pisco, Chiclayo

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16. 1868 Ecuador earthquakes
> Total deaths: 70,000
> Magnitude: 7.7
> Affected areas: Ecuador: Guayaquil, Ibarra; Colombia: San Pablo