Special Report

Worst Earthquakes of All Time

Thomas C. Frohlich

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10. 1290 Nei Mongol earthquake
> Total deaths: 100,000
> Magnitude: 6.8
> Affected areas: China: Inner Mongolia: Ningcheng

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9. 1948 Ashkhabad earthquake
> Total deaths: 110,000
> Magnitude: 7.3
> Affected areas: Turkmenistan: Ashkhabad

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8. 1923 Great Kanto earthquake
> Total deaths: 142,807
> Magnitude: 7.9
> Affected areas: Japan: Tokyo, Yokohama

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7. 856 Damghan earthquake
> Total deaths: 200,000
> Magnitude: 7.9
> Affected areas: Iran: Damghan, Qumis

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6. 1920 Haiyuan earthquake
> Total deaths: 200,000
> Magnitude: 8.3
> Affected areas: China: Gansu Province, Shanxi Province