Special Report

Worst Earthquakes of All Time

Thomas C. Frohlich

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15. 1718 Gansu earthquake
> Total deaths: 73,000
> Magnitude: 7.5
> Affected areas: China: Gansu Province

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14. 2005 South Asia earthquake
> Total deaths: 76,213
> Magnitude: 7.6
> Affected areas: Pakistan: Muzaffarabad, Uri, Anantnag, Baramulla

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13. 1908 Messina earthquake
> Total deaths: 80,000
> Magnitude: 7.0
> Affected areas: Italy: Messina, Sicily, Calabria

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12. 1667 Shemakha earthquake
> Total deaths: 80,000
> Magnitude: 6.9
> Affected areas: Azerbaijan: Shemakha (Samaxi)

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11. 2008 Sichuan earthquake
> Total deaths: 87,652
> Magnitude: 7.9
> Affected areas: China: Sichuan Province