26 January 2001:
An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale devastates
much of Gujarat state in northwestern India, killing an
estimated 30,000 people and making more than a million
homeless. Bhuj and Ahmedabad are among the towns worst hit.
13 January 2001:
El Salvador is devasted by an earthquake measuring between
7.6 and 7.9 on the Richter scale. More than 700 people die.
16 November 2000:
An earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter scale shakes Papua
New Guinea, triggering at least one tidal wave.
6 October 2000:
An earthquake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, injured
peopleand damaged about 200 homes in Japan.
21 September 1999:
Taiwan is hit by a quake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale,
killing nearly 2,500 people and causing damage to every town
in the island.
7 September 1999:
The northern suburbs of the Greek capital Athens are hit by
an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale.
17 August 1999:
An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale rocks the
Turkish cities of Izmit and Istanbul, leaving more than 17,000
dead and many more injured.
Uttar Pradesh in northern India is hit by two earthquakes in
many days, killing more than 100.
A shock measuring 6.0 kills up to 1,000 in the Colombian
More than 1,000 are killed after a tsunami or sea wave,
by an undersea earthquake, wipes out communities on the
north-western coast of Papua New Guinea.
Adana in south-eastern Turkey is shaken by an
measuring 6.3 which claims 144 lives.
A week later the same area suffers two strong aftershocks,
leaving more than 1,000 people injured.
Northern Afghanistan is hit by a major earthquake, killing
A quake measuring 5.5 tears apart rural areas of
Iran, killing 1,000 people. Three months later a stronger tremor,
measuring 7.1, kills 1,560 in eastern Iran.
The far eastern island of Sakhalin is hit by a massive
measuring 7.5, which claims the lives of 1,989 Russians.
The Hyogo quake hits the city of Kobe in Japan, killing
Around 1,000 people are killed by an earthquake and
landslide in Colombia.
About 10,000 villagers are killed in western and southern
More than 40,000 people die in a tremor in the northern
province of Gilan.
The Loma Prieta earthquake hits California, killing 68
An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale
northwest Armenia, killing 25,000 people.
Mexico City is shaken by a huge earthquake which
buildings and kills 10,000 people.
Hundreds are killed by tremors which ripple through
The Chinese city of Tangshan is reduced to rubble in a
that claims up to 500,000 lives.
An earthquake measuring 9.2 on the Richter Scale kills
people in Prince William Sound in Alaska, and triggers a
tsunami killing a further 110 people.
The world's strongest recorded earthquake devastates
with a reading of 9.5 on the Richter scale. A tsunami 30ft
(10m) high eliminates entire villages in Chile and kills 61
hundreds of miles away in Hawaii.
A violent land earthquake hits Assam in north-eastern
The shock sent needles off seismographs but was officially
logged as a 9.0 on the Richter scale.
The Fukui quake, centred in the East China Sea,
western Japan, killing 3,770.
Taiwan is hit by a tremor measuring 7.4 on the Richter
which kills 3,276 people.
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