Where can I find a list of the largest earthquakes in the United States? In the World?

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Where can I search an earthquake catalog for past events?

You may be able to find what you’re looking for using our collection of Earthquake Lists , so check that first. If that doesn’t work, you can use one of these Earthquake Catalog Search webpages: Search the World-wide Earthquakes Catalog (M4.5+ worldwide, M2.5+ US) Search the ANSS (Advanced National Seismic System) Composite Catalog (M4.5+ world-...

Which country has the most earthquakes?

The answer to this question is not as straightforward as it may seem. In order to most accurately answer it, we will rephrase the question four different ways: For which country do we locate the most earthquakes? Japan. The whole country is in a very active seismic area, and they have the densest seismic network in the world, so they are able to...

Which state has the most damaging earthquakes? The most natural (non-manmade) earthquakes?

California has the most damaging earthquakes, and Alaska and California have the most natural (non-manmade) earthquakes.

Where do earthquakes occur?

Earthquakes can strike any location at any time. But history shows they occur in the same general patterns year after year, principally in three large zones of the earth. The world's greatest earthquake belt, the circum-Pacific seismic belt , is found along the rim of the Pacific Ocean, where about 81 percent of the world's largest earthquakes...

Where can I find a list of the largest earthquakes near my town?

You can perform an online earthquake catalog search .

Where can I find a list of yearly estimated deaths from earthquakes around the world?

Those estimates can be found on our Earthquake Statistics website.

Which states have the smallest number of earthquakes? Is there any place in the world that doesn't have earthquakes?

Florida and North Dakota are the states with the fewest earthquakes. Antarctica has the least earthquakes of any continent, but small earthquakes can occur anywhere in the World.
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Date published: January 8, 2010

Earthquakes Cause over 1700 Deaths in 2009

At least 1783 deaths worldwide resulted from earthquake activity in 2009.

The deadliest earthquake of the year was a magnitude 7.5 event that killed approximately 1117 people in southern Sumatra, Indonesia on Sept. 30, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and confirmed by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). 

Date published: January 3, 2008

Earthquakes claim 709 lives in 2007

At least 709 deaths resulted from earthquake activity worldwide in 2007, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and confirmed by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Date published: February 10, 2005

2004 Deadliest in Nearly 500 Years for Earthquakes

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 2004 was the deadliest year for earthquakes since the Renaissance Age, making it the second most fatal in recorded history, with more than 275,950 deaths reported from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26. 

Date published: February 25, 2003

U.S. Suffers Largest Earthquake of 2002

The magnitude 7.9 quake that hit Central Alaska on November 3 was the world’s biggest earthquake in 2002, and the largest to hit the United States since 1996 when another 7.9 hit Alaska’s Andreanof Islands.

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Image: Mw6.6 Lushan China Earthquake, April 20 2013
June 16, 2013

Mw6.6 Lushan China Earthquake, April 20 2013

Total collapse of a reinforced building with masonry infill walls. Rubble has been disturbed by heavy equipment.

 

Image: Damage from 2008 Great Sichuan Earthquake in China
October 18, 2008

Damage from 2008 Great Sichuan Earthquake in China

The May 12, 2008, Great Sichuan Earthquake, also called the Wenchuan Earthquake, occurred at 14:28 local time, in Sichuan Province, China. The earthquake magnitudes were Mw = 7.9 (USGS), Ms = 8.0 (Chinese Earthquake Administration). The epicenter was 80 km west-northwest of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province. Damage by earthquake-induced landslides was

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Attribution: Natural Hazards
Map showing the epicenter of the 11 March 2011 Tohoku earthquake off the coast of Japan and the Hawaiian Islands
November 30, 2000

Epicenter of 2011 Tohoku earthquake in relation to Hawaiian Islands

Map of the 11 March 2011 Tohoku earthquake epicenter in relation to the Northwestern and main Hawaiian Islands

Ground view of collapsed building and burned area, Beach and Divisadero Sts., Marina District.
December 31, 1989

Marina District, San Francisco, after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

Ground view of collapsed building and burned area at Beach and Divisadero Streets, Marina District, San Francisco, following the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. At 5:04:15 p.m. (PDT), the magnitude 6.9 (moment magnitude; surface-wave magnitude, 7.1) earthquake severely shook the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions. The epicenter was located at 37.04° N.

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Devastation of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
May 31, 1906

Devastation of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

This photograph, taken by George Lawrence from a series of kites five weeks after the great earthquake of April 18, 1906, shows the devastation brought on the city of San Francisco by the quake and subsequent fire. The view is looking over Nob Hill toward business district, South of the Slot, and the distant Mission. The Fairmont Hotel, far left. dwarfs the Call Building

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Devastation of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
May 31, 1906

Devastation of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

This photograph, taken by George Lawrence from a series of kites five weeks after the great earthquake of April 18, 1906, shows the devastation brought on the city of San Francisco by the quake and subsequent fire. The view is looking over Nob Hill toward business district, South of the Slot, and the distant Mission. The Fairmont Hotel, far left. dwarfs the Call Building

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Image: Destruction in Downtown Concepcion, Chile

Destruction in Downtown Concepcion, Chile

A masonry building in the downtown part of Concepcion, Chile partially collapsed as a result of the M 8.8 earthquake on Feb. 27, 2010. Most modern buildings in Concepcion were undamaged during the earthquake due to the city's adoption of adequate building standards. However, many masonry buildings such as this one were heavily damaged.

1964 Alaska Earthquake damage

USGS Damage from the magnitude 9.2 earthquake in Alaska

Damage from the magnitude 9.2 earthquake in Alaska on March 27, 1964.

Attribution: Earthquake Hazards