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Top Ten List of the Largest Earthquakes Ever Recorded in History by MagnitudeLargest Earthquakes in History

The following is a top ten list of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in history by magnitude. While there have been a large number of earthquakes that have measured a magnitude of between 8 and 9, there are only six on record that have measured between 9 and 10. Earthquakes such a these release huge amounts of energy and are incredibly dangerous to human life, especially if they trigger tsunamis or are centered near areas of high population.

 

 

Number
Location
Date
Magnitude
1.
Valdivia, Chile
May 22, 1960
9.5
2.
Sumatra, Indonesia
December 26, 2004
9.3
3.
Prince William Sound, Alaska, USA
March 27, 1964
9.2
4.
Kamchatka, USSR
November 4, 1952
9.0
4.
Arica, Chile
August 13, 1868
9.0
4.
Cascadia subduction zone, Canada and USA
January 26, 1700
9.0
7.
Maule, Chile
February 27, 2010
8.8
7.
Ecuador and Colombia
January 31, 1906
8.8
7.
Sumatra, Indonesia
November 25, 1833
8.8
10.
Rat Islands, Alaska, USA
February 4, 1965
8.7
10.
Lisbon, Portugal
November 1, 1755
8.7
10.
Valparaiso, Chile
July 8, 1730
8.7

 


 

 

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