ANGELES (Reuters) - A
strong earthquake rocked
southern California on Saturday, the third major
quake in the world in
three months, but only minor injuries were reported
unlike the other
two quakes in Taiwan and Turkey which killed thousands
- The epicenter of the California earthquake, with a magnitude
7.0 on the open-ended Richter scale, was in a sparsely populated
is a chronology of major earthquakes that each killed
more than 1,000
people in the last 20 years. Magnitudes are based on the
Richter scale unless otherwise stated.
- 21 Sept 99 - TAIWAN -
More than 2,000 people were
killed and 12,000 buildings toppled
island-wide in a massive quake that
- 17 Aug 99 -
TURKEY - More than 17,000 people were
killed when a devastating
earthquake measuring 7.4 hit Turkey, its
worst natural disaster
in 60 years.
- 25 Jan 99 - COLOMBIA - A powerful earthquake ripped
through Colombia's central coffee-growing region killing at least 1,170
people. It measured 6.3 and the provincial capital of Armenia,
high in the Andes mountains of Quindio province, was the
- 17 July 98 - PAPUA NEW GUINEA - An undersea earthquake
created three waves, which struck the PNG coast near the town of Aitape,
wiping out entire villages. The quake which measured 7.1 killed
at least 2,100.
- 30 May 98 - AFGHANISTAN - A powerful earthquake
measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hit northern Afghanistan killing
up to 4,000 people and destroying 50 villages in Takhar province.
- 4 Feb 98 -
AFGHANISTAN - At least 4,500 were killed
in an earthquake in the
Rustaq district of Takhar province. The quake measured
the Richter scale.
- 10 May 97 - IRAN - 1,560 people were killed and
injured when an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale
rocked rural areas of eastern Iran. The quake leveled 11 villages and
heavy damage on the towns of Qaen and Birjand near its
150 km (90 miles) from the border with
- 28 Feb 97 - IRAN - An earthquake killed about
people and injured 2,000 in northwestern Iran. The quake, measuring
5.5 on the Richter scale, hit the city of Ardabil and the town of
- 28 May 95 - RUSSIA - Russia's worst ever earthquake
killed 1,989 people in the Far East Russian oil-producing town of
on the north of the remote Sakhalin Island. The quake
on the Richter scale.
- 17 Jan 95 - JAPAN -
6,430 people were killed after
a strong earthquake ripped through
central Japan. Measuring 7.2
on the Richter scale, the
earthquake, centered around the port of Kobe,
was the biggest quake to
hit Japan in half a century.
- 06 Jun 94 - COLOMBIA - Some 1,000 killed in an
earthquake and mudslide disaster in the Paez River valley in southwestern
- 30 Sep 93 - INDIA - Thousands were killed in 36
destroyed after a series of powerful earthquakes which rocked
and southern India. The first of the five tremors measured 6.4
on the open-ended Richter scale. The epicenter was in the region where
the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka meet near Latur.
(NOTE:14 Oct 93 - two weeks after the earthquake the number of bodies
is just under 10,000 - officials say the true death toll may
never be known).
- 12 Dec 92 - INDONESIA - A string of islands in
province of East Nusa Tenggara was hit by an earthquake measuring
on the Richter scale. At least 2,200 people were killed.
1,490 died in
Maumere on the island of Flores which took the brunt of
the quake. Another
700 were confirmed dead in Babi island .
- 20 Oct 91 -
INDIA - 1,600 dead, at least 2,000
injured. Richter scale
6.1, close to Uttarkashi, 190 miles NE of
- 1 Feb 91 -
PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN - Around 1,200
dead (Pakistan 200,
Afghanistan 1,000), many hundreds injured. 6.8
on Richter scale
in Pakistan, shook large areas of both countries.
- 16 July 90 - PHILIPPINES
- 1,620 killed, 3,500
injured. Richter 7.8, epicenter the city
of Cabanatuan. About half
the deaths were around the tourist center of
Baguio. An estimated 148,000
were displaced or made homeless.
- 21 Jun 90 -
IRAN - 35,000 dead, 100,000 injured,
The worst recorded disaster
in Iran. Registering 7.7 on Richter
scale, devastated Caspian
regions of Gilan and Zanjan. Some 500,000 were
- 7 Dec 88 - SOVIET
UNION - More than 25,000 killed,
18,000 injured. 6.9
Richter, 10 on Soviet 12-point scale. NW Armenia.
The town of Spitak
almost totally destroyed and Leninakan half-destroyed.
- 5 Mar 87 - ECUADOR -
Over 1,000 people killed
and several thousand missing. The epicenter of
the quake was El Reventador,
50 miles east of Quito. It measured
7.0 on the Richter scale.
- 10 Oct 86 - EL SALVADOR
- 1,500 people killed,
20,000 people injured. 5.5 on the Richter
Scale. The earthquake
occurred in San Salvador and 6 buildings
collapsed leaving over 300,000
- 19 Sep 85 - MEXICO -
9,500 killed & 40,000
people injured. 8.1 on the Richter
scale. The earthquake hit Mexico
city and adjoining region.
- 30 Oct 83 -
TURKEY - About 1,300 people killed
& 500 people injured.
6.9 on the Richter scale. The earthquake
struck around the NE
Turkish city of Erzurum. Over 35,000 people were made
- 13 Dec 82 -
YEMEN - 3,000 people killed and 2,000
people injured. 6.0
on the Richter scale. The earthquake devastated
- 11 Jun 81 - IRAN - 1,027 people killed and more
injured. The town of Golbaf in Kerman province was destroyed 500
south-east of Tehran.
- 23 Nov 80 - ITALY - 2,735 people killed and more
than 7,500 injured in a 7.2 quake. The epicenter was at Eboli but
damage was reported over a huge area to Naples. More than 1,500 people
were reported missing.
- 10 Oct 80 - ALGERIA - Provisional figures issued
by the United Nations said 2,590 killed. It registered up to 7.3
and was centered on the town of El Asnam and left 330,000 people
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