We present you 5 of the most deadly earthquakes that have happened in the 20 century all around the world. Did you already know them?
Kashmir, Pakistan: October 8, 2005
Kashmir, Pakistan was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6. The disaster had a death toll of 85,000 and more than 69,000 were injured.
It affected countries in surrounding regions with 14,000 deaths in Jammu and tremors felt in Tajikistan and western China. It also cost a staggering $5.4 billion in aids from all around the world.
Nepal Earthquake: April 25, 2015
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara. The earthquake’s force has been described as a force equaling that of 20 thermonuclear weapons.
The devastation claimed the lives of at least 5,000 people while injuring 10,000 more with authorities warning that casualty numbers could rise.
Yungay, Peru: May 31, 1970
This Great Peruvian Earthquake was an undersea earthquake that affected the regions of Ancash and La Libertad. With a magnitude of 7.9 to 8.0 and lasted for 45 seconds, it was recorded as the worst catastrophic natural disaster that hit Peru.
The damages incurred tallied to 74,194 deaths, 25,600 missing people, 143,331 injured, and more than a million homeless. The estimated economic loss was more than half a billion USD.
Sichuan, China: May 8, 2008
The Great Sichuan Earthquake had a magnitude that measured 8.0 and 7.9. It was so great that it was felt in nearby countries and as far away as Beijing and Shanghai.
Official figures for the damages include 69,197 deaths with 68,636 in Sichuan province, 374,176 injured and 18,222 missing. This was considered as the deadliest earthquake to hit China.
The Chinese government is appropriating 1 trillion Yuan or $146.5 billion to rebuild areas ravaged by the great quake.
Tohoku, Japan: March 11, 2011
The east coast of Tohoku in Japan was struck by a 9.03 magnitude earthquake, which was the strongest to ever hit Japan.
Considered one of the top five largest earthquakes in the world, it caused destruction that claimed 15,878 lives, left 6,126 injured and 2,173 people missing across 20 prefectures.
This was the most difficult crisis Japan had ever faced after World War II as it did not only inflict damages to lives and properties but also caused significant damages.
As you can see, nature has huge power and, in the case of earthquakes, prevention is the key to reduce possible damages. SkyAlert can be a useful tool which will help you to face this nature events.