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The world’s strongest earthquakes since 1900

April,25,2015: Saturday's quake is touted to be worst in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years. A look at the world's strongest earthquakes since 1900.

The collapsed Borde Rio apartment building is seen in Concepcion, Chile, Thursday, March 4, 2010. On February 27th, a devastating magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded.
The collapsed Borde Rio apartment building is seen in Concepcion, Chile, Thursday, March 4, 2010. On February 27th, a devastating magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded.

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley on Saturday, the worst quake in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years. The world’s strongest earthquakes since 1900:

The world's strongest earthquakes since 1900

  • Jan. 31, 1906 – A magnitude—8.8 quake off the coast of Ecuador generates a tsunami that kills at least 500 people.
  • Nov. 11, 1922 – A magnitude-8.5 quake along the Chile—Argentina border triggers a tsunami that causes damage along Chile’s coast.
  • Feb. 3, 1923 – A magnitude-8.5 quake in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East triggers a tsunami.
  • Feb.1 , 1938 – A magnitude-8.5 quake in Banda Sea, Indonesia, generates a small tsunami.
  • Aug. 15, 1950 – A magnitude-8.6 earthquake in Tibet kills at least 780 people.
  • Nov. 4, 1952 – A magnitude-9.0 quake in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East causes damage but no reported deaths despite setting off 9.1-meter (30-foot) waves in Hawaii.
  • March 9, 1957 – A magnitude-8.6 quake strikes the Andreanof Islands in Alaska triggers a 16-meter (52-foot) -high tsunami.
  • May 22, 1960 – A magnitude-9.5 earthquake in southern Chile and ensuing tsunami kill at least 1,716 people.
  • Oct. 13, 1963 – A magnitude-8.5 quake in the Kuril Islands triggers a tsunami.
  • March 28, 1964 – A magnitude-9.2 quake in Prince William Sound, Alaska, kills 131 people, including 128 from a tsunami.
  • Feb. 4, 1965 – A magnitude-8.7 quake strikes Alaska’s Rat Islands, causing an 11-meter (35—foot) -high tsunami.
  • Dec. 26, 2004 – A magnitude-9.1 quake in Indonesia triggers an Indian Ocean tsunami, killing 230,000 people in a dozen countries.
  • March 28, 2005 – A magnitude-8.6 quake in northern Sumatra in Indonesia kills about 1,300 people.
  • Sept. 12, 2007 – A magnitude-8.5 quake near Sumatra in Indonesia kills at least 25 people.
  • Feb. 27, 2010 – A magnitude-8.8 quake shakes Chile, generating a tsunami and killing 524 people.
  • March 11, 2011 – A magnitude-9.0 quake off the northeast coast of Japan triggers a tsunami, killing more than 18,000 people.
  • April 11, 2012 – A magnitude-8.6 quake off the west coast of northern Sumatra in Indonesia triggers tsunami warnings in more than two dozen nations.

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