What is the strongest earthquake ever recorded? Chronology of the last 20 years

In the wake of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Turkey and northwestern Syria, killing hundreds in both nations, here are some of the largest earthquakes from around the world in the past two decades.

August 14, 2021


A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southern Haiti, killing more than 2,200 people and destroying or damaging about 13,000 homes.

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September 28, 2018


A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the island of Sulawesi, causing a 1.5-metre tsunami and killing more than 4,300 people.

November 12, 2017


An earthquake measuring 7.3 shook the eastern region of Kermanshah, killing more than 400 people. At least six people have died in neighboring Iraq.

September 19, 2017


A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico, killing at least 369 people and causing more devastation in the capital than any earthquake since the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands.

August 24, 2016


A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck a group of mountain communities east of Rome in central Italy, killing about 300 people.

April 16, 2016


A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador, killing more than 650 people on the country’s Pacific coast.

October 26, 2015


A 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Afghanistan, killing nearly 400 people in the country and northern Pakistan.

April 25, 2015


A magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated impoverished Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and disrupting the lives of more than eight million.

August 3, 2014


A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has devastated southwestern China, killing at least 600 people in a remote area of ​​Yunnan province.

September 24, 2013


Twin earthquakes, measuring 7.7 and 6.8, rocked the southwestern province of Balochistan, killing at least 825 people.

August 11, 2012


Two strong earthquakes, measuring 6.4 and 6.3 respectively, killed at least 300 people near the city of Tabriz in northwestern Iran.

October 23, 2011


A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 rocked southeast Turkey, killing more than 600 people.

March 11, 2011


A magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan, killing an estimated 15,690 and injuring 5,700. The earthquake also triggered the world’s largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

February 22, 2011

New Zeland

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch, killing at least 180 people.

February 27, 2010


An 8.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Chile killed more than 500 people, destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, and destroyed highways and bridges.

January 13, 2010


A magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince and killed an estimated 316,000 people. The United Nations has estimated that 80,000 buildings in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas have been destroyed.

May 12, 2008


An earthquake measuring 7.8 struck Sichuan province, killing about 87,600 people.

December 26, 2004

All over Asia

A 9.15-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that hit Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and many other countries in the region, devastating resort villages and islands and leaving nearly 230,000 dead or missing.

October 8, 2005


A magnitude 7.6 earthquake northeast of Islamabad has killed at least 73,000 people. The earthquake also shook Indian Kashmir, killing 1,244 people.

December 26, 2003


A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the southeastern province of Kerman and flattened the city of Bam, killing 31,000 people.

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