Special Report

Worst Earthquakes of All Time

Thomas C. Frohlich

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5. 1976 Ne earthquake
> Total deaths: 242,769
> Magnitude: 7.5
> Affected areas: China: Ne: Tangshan

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4. 525 Antioch earthquake
> Total deaths: 250,000
> Magnitude: 7.0
> Affected areas: Turkey: Antakya (Antioch), Samandag

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3. 115 Antioch earthquake
> Total deaths: 260,000
> Magnitude: 7.5
> Affected areas: Turkey: Antakya (Antioch)

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2. 2010 Haiti earthquake
> Total deaths: 316,000
> Magnitude: 7.0
> Affected areas: Haiti: Port-Au-Prince

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1. 1556 Shaanxi earthquake
> Total deaths: 830,000
> Magnitude: 8.0
> Affected areas: China: Shaanxi Province