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Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes:


An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes are measured using observations from seismometers.

At the Earth's surface, earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and sometimes displacement of the ground. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced sufficiently to cause a tsunami. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides, and occasionally volcanic activity.

Here are the list of biggest earthquakes happened around the world.

1. Earthquake at Valdivia (Chile):


Date: May 22,1960

MAGNITUDE (RICHTER SCALE): 9.5

Valdivia (Chile)

2. Earthquake at Alaska (USA):


Date: Mar 27,1964

MAGNITUDE (RICHTER SCALE): 9.2

Alaska (USA)

3. Earthquake at Sumatra (Indonesia):


Date: Dec 26,2004

MAGNITUDE (RICHTER SCALE): 9.1-9.3

Sumatra (Indonesia)

4. Earthquake at Tohoku region (Japan):


Date: Mar 11,2011

MAGNITUDE (RICHTER SCALE): 9.0

Tohoku region (Japan)

5. Earthquake at Kamchatka (Russia):


Date:Nov 04,1952

MAGNITUDE (RICHTER SCALE):9.0

Kamchatka (Russia)

6. Earthquake at Sumatra (Indonesia):


Date:Nov 25,1833

MAGNITUDE (RICHTER SCALE):8.8-9.2(Est*)

Sumatra (Indonesia)

7.Earthquake at Ecuador (Colombia)


Date:Jan 31,1906

MAGNITUDE (RICHTER SCALE):8.8

Ecuador (Colombia)

8. Earthquake at Maule (Chile):


Date: Feb 27,2010

MAGNITUDE (RICHTER SCALE): 8.8

Maule (Chile)

9.Earthquake at  Arica (Chile):


Date:Sep 16,1615

MAGNITUDE (RICHTER SCALE):8.89(Est*)

Arica (Chile)

10.Earthquake at Krakatoa (Indonesia):


Date:AUG 26,1883

MAGNITUDE (RICHTER SCALE):8.75

Krakatoa (Indonesia)
Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World Reviewed by Janardhan Raju on 11:37 AM Rating: 5

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