Earthquakes happen all across the globe eveyr single year. Different earthquakes have killed thousands and even millions over the past hundreds of years. While big earthquakes happen in today’s time, like the Nepal earthquake which has killed thousands of people, there are others which killed even more in the past. Let’s take a look at the top 5 biggest earthquakes in world history.
5. Sicily, Itsly Earthquake 1963
An earthquake struck Sicily, Matta, and Calabria in Southern Italy. It was a strong 7.4 magnitude, and it continued to get extreme as time went on. Happening on January 11, 1963, it destroyed more than 70 cities and towns. More than 60,000 people died in the earthquake. It is considered the worst earthquake in the history of Italy. A tsunami followed rig after, and it wiped out more than two thirds of the Catania population, having several more thousand people die.
4. Calabria, Italy
Taking place also in Italy, these series of events were continuous in this part of Southern Italy. Everything took place between February 5 to 7, and March 1 to 28. Multiple tsunamis hit the entire area. This entire event had multiple earthquakes and tsunamis take place. There were fatal injuries and death anywhere between 35,000 to 50,000 people. February 5 has a 7.9 quake and killed more than 25,000 people. February 6 haspd another one killing 1,500 people. There were multiple earthquakes and aftershocks that continued to take its toll on this city.
3. Rudbar, Iran
On June 21, 1990, there was damage throughout Rudbar. More than 700 villages throughout Lushan, Rudbar, and Manjiil were destroyed. About 40,000 fatalities took place, 60,000 or more were injured, and about half a million people were left homeless without a place to stay.
2. Iznit, Turkey
This 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey back in August of 1990. While it lasted nearly only four seconds, the death toll of more than 17,000 people showed how one big earthquake no matter how short can kill. More than 43,000 people were injured during the quake. There were more than 120,000 houses that were poorly built that broke down during the event. Over 2,000 buildings broke down and collapsed which caused several of the deaths. 300,000 people were left homeless after this entire horrific event.
1. Nankaido, Japan
This is by far the biggest earthquake to ever hit the Earth. With an 8.6 magnitude back on September 20, 1498, it trigger a tsunami and killed more than 30,000 people. Having broken the statue of the Great Buddha in Suruga Bay, you’ll find that this has hurt countless people. The multiple houses and buildings being broken has caused this to be the biggest earthquake to ever hit the Earthquake.
Earthquakes happen every single year in different countries and tiny cities. The problem with some of them is that they can change an entire world in an instant. Most may last just a few seconds, and very rarely does a quake continue several times during the month the quake originally hit. You’ll discover that countless mini earthquakes happen throughout the globe very often, but luckily enough, they aren’t as strong. These are ultimately the worst quakes, and hopefully not many happen down the road in the future.