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Deadliest Earthquakes in History



More that 88,000 people died in the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, making it the 13th deadliest earthquake in history.

There have only been 23 earthquakes in recorded history with a death toll of 50,000 or higher. Listed below are the 23 quakes.

Deadliest Earthquakes in History

50,000 Deaths or More

Date
Location
Deaths
Magnitude
Jan. 23, 1556
Shansi, China 830,000n.a.
July 27, 1976
Tangshan, China 255,000 8.0
Dec. 26, 2004
off west coast of Sumatra (caused the tsunami) 242,000+ 9.0
Aug. 9, 1138
Aleppo, Syria230,000n.a.
May 22, 1927
near Xining, China 200,0008.3
Dec. 22, 856
Damghan, Iran200,000n.a.
Dec. 16, 1920
Gansu, China200,0008.6
March 23, 893
Ardabil, Iran150,000n.a.
Sept. 1, 1923
Kwanto, Japan143,0008.3
Oct. 5, 1948
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, USSR110,0007.3
Dec. 28, 1908
Messina, Italy70,000–
100,000
7.5
Sept. 1290
Chihli, China100,000n.a.
Oct. 8, 2005
2005 Pakistan Earthquake  88,710+ 7.6
Nov. 1667
Shemakha, Caucasia 80,000n.a.
Nov. 18, 1727
Tabriz, Iran 77,000n.a.
Nov. 1, 1755
Lisbon, Portugal 70,0008.7
Dec. 25, 1932
Gansu, China 70,0007.6
May 31, 1970
Peru 66,0007.8
1268
Silicia, Asia Minor 60,000n.a.
Jan. 11, 1693
Sicily, Italy 60,000n.a.
May 30, 1935
Quetta, Pakistan 30,000–
 60,000
7.5
Feb. 4, 1783
Calabria, Italy  50,000n.a.
June 20, 1990
Iran 50,0007.7


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