5 Biggest Earthquakes in History

Posted by on Wednesday, February 15, 2017
An aerial view of tsunami damage in Tōhoku

Earthquakes are measured using the Richter scale. The scale, which measures 1 to 10, measures the amount of energy released during an earthquake.

Here are the five strongest earthquakes ever recorded.
1. Valdivia, Chile, 22 May 1960 (9.5)
Deaths: 1655
Injuries: 3000
Damage: US$550 million 
2. Prince William Sound, Alaska, 28 March 1964 (9.2)
Deaths: 128 (from tsunami)
Damage: US$311 million 
3. Sumatra, Indonesia, 26 December 2004 (9.1)
Deaths: 227,900 
Injuries: 1.7 million displaced over 14 countries.
Damage: US$9.9 billion
4. Sendai, Japan, 11 March 2011 (9.0)
Deaths: 15,894
Injuries: 6,152 
Damage:  tens of billions of US dollars
5. Kamchatka, Russia, 4 November 1952 (9.0)
Deaths: 2,336 (from tsunami)
Injuries: N/A
Damage: US$1,000,000



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