Dead­li­est earth­quakes of last decade

China Daily (USA) - - WORLD -

More than 500 peo­ple were killed and at least 8,000 in­jured in Iran when a mag­ni­tude 7.3 earth­quake hit the coun­try. At least six have died in Iraq as well. Lo­cal of­fi­cials said the death toll of Iran’s dead­li­est earth­quake in more than a decade.

Here is a short time­line of some of the world’s dead­li­est ma­jor earth­quakes in the last 10 years:

• Sept 19, Mex­ico: A mag­ni­tude 7.1 quake hits cen­tral Mex­ico, killing at least 369 peo­ple, caus­ing more dev­as­ta­tion in the cap­i­tal than any since the 1985 earth­quake that killed thou­sands.

• Aug 24, 2016, Italy: A mag­ni­tude 6.2 quake strikes a clus­ter of moun­tain com­mu­ni­ties in cen­tral Italy, killing about 300 peo­ple. • April 16, 2016, Ecuador: A mag­ni­tude 7.8 earth­quake killed more than 650 peo­ple. • Oct 26, 2015, Afghanistan: A mag­ni­tude 7.8 earth­quake killed nearly 400 peo­ple in Afghanistan and north­ern Pak­istan.

• April 25, 2015, Nepal: A mag­ni­tude 7.8 earth­quake killed nearly 9,000 peo­ple, dis­rupt­ing the lives of more than eight mil­lion peo­ple.

• Aug 3, 2014, China: A mag­ni­tude 6.3 earth­quake killed at least 600 peo­ple in Yun­nan prov­ince. • Sept 24, 2013, Pak­istan: Twin earth­quakes, mea­sur­ing mag­ni­tude 7.7 and 6.8, claimed at least 825 lives.

• Aug 11, 2012, Iran: Two strong quakes, mea­sur­ing mag­ni­tude 6.4 and 6.3, kill at least 300 peo­ple near the city of Tabriz in north­west­ern Iran.

• Oct 23, 2011, Turkey: A mag­ni­tude 7.2 earth­quake killed more than 600 peo­ple.

• March 11, 2011, Ja­pan: A mag­ni­tude 9.0 earth­quake and tsunami strikes Ja­pan’s north­east, killing about 15,690 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 5,700. The earth­quake also trig­gers the world’s big­gest nu­clear dis­as­ter since Ch­er­nobyl in 1986. • Feb 22, 2011, New Zealand: A mag­ni­tude 6.3 quake hits Christchurch, killing at least 180 peo­ple and caused an es­ti­mated $12 bil­lion of dam­age.

• Feb 27, 2010, Chile: An mag­ni­tude 8.8 quake and sub­se­quent tsunami in Chile killed more than 500 peo­ple.

• Jan 13, 2010, Haiti: A mag­ni­tude 7.0 quake dev­as­tated Haiti’s cap­i­tal Port-au-Prince and killed about 316,000 peo­ple. The United Na­tions es­ti­mated that 80,000 build­ings in the city and sur­round­ing ar­eas were de­stroyed. • May 12, 2008, China: About 69,200 peo­ple were killed in Sichuan prov­ince af­ter a mag­ni­tude 7.8 earth­quake hit the re­gion.

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