Earthquake Facts

Famous Earthquakes in History

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Here are some of the most famous documented earthquakes in history.

Japan's Great Earthquake of 1923
Also known as the Great Kantō earthquake, it started fires and caused tsunamis which flooded towns and cities. Over 150,000 lives were lost.

Peru's Earthquake of 1970
One of the biggest earthquake ever recorded, the Ancash earthquake caused landslides, destroyed homes and took away many lives. This quake hit 7.8 on the Richter scale.

China's Great Quake of 1976
Called the Tangshan earthquake, this earthquake in China killed over 100,000 people and it happend in 1976.

The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906
Arguably the most famous Earthquake in the history of the United States. The fire started by the quake actually did more damage than the earthquake itself.

The new Madrid, Missouri Earthquakes of 1811-1812
A famous earthquake that happend along the Missippi river and lasted for months. It actually caused the river to flow backwards.

The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755
An early earthquake in the 1700's that sank ships and started fires. Topics