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For thousands of years people have attempted to record all the major earthquakes that have happened in the past. Here is a list of all the major ones occured worldwide in the history.

Date
Magnitude
Site
Estimated Casualties
464 BC
Sparta, Greece
20,000
AD 342
Antioch, Turkey
40,000
565
Antioch, Turkey
30,000
856 Dec
Corinth, Greece
45,000
893
Armenia
20,000
1038 9 Jan
Shansi, China
23,000
1057
Chihli, China
25,000
1169
Sicili, Italy
25,000
1183
Syria-Lebanon
20,000
1201
Aegean Sea
100,000
1268
Silicia, Asia Minor
60,000
1290 27 Sept
Chihli, China
100,000
1293 20 May
Kamekura, Japan
30,000
1456 5 Dec
Naples, Italy
30-60,000
1531 26 Jan
Lisbon, Portugal
30,000
1556 23 Jan
8.3
Shansi, China
830,000
1641 5 Feb
Tabriz, Persia
30,000
1653 23 Feb
Smyrna, Turkey
15,000
1667 Nov
Shemaka, Caucasus
80,000
1693 9-11 Jan
Catania, Italy
60,000
1715 May
Algeria
20,000
1727 18 Nov
Tabriz, Persia
77,000
1731
Peking, China
100,000
1737 11 Oct
Calcutta, India
300,000
1755 7 June
Kashan, Persia
40,000
1755 1 Nov
9.0
Lisbon, Portugal
100,000+
1759 30 Oct
Jordan Valley
20,000
1783 5 Feb
Calabria, Italy
80,000
1797 4 Feb
Quito, Ecuador
41,000
1822 5 Sept
Aleppo, Syria
22,000
1828
Echigo, Japan
30,000
1835 20 Feb
8.5
Concepcion, Chile
35
1847 8 May
Zenkoji, Japan
12-34,000
1853 21 April
Shiraz, Persia
12,000
1853 11 July
Ispahan, Persia
12,000
1857 9 Jan
8.3
Fort Tejon, California
1
1857 16 Dec
6.5
Italy
12,000
1861 21 Mar
Mendoza, Argentina
18,000
1868 13 Aug
Peru-Ecuador
25,000
1868 16 Aug
Ecuador-Colombia
70,000
1896 15 June
Sanriku, Japan
27,000
1897 12 June
8.7
Assam, India
1,500
1905 4 April
8.6
Kangra, India
19,000
1906 18 April
8.25
San Francisco, USA
700
1906 17 Aug
8.6
Valparaiso, Chile
20,000
1907 21 Oct
7.7
Afghanistan
12,000
1908 28 Dec
7.5
Messina-Calabria, Italy
160,000
1915 13 Jan
7.0
Avezzano, Italy
32,000
1920 16 Dec
8.6
Kansu, China
200,000
1923 1 Sept
8.3
Tokyo, Japan
143,000
1927 22 May
8.3
Nan-Shan, China
200,000
1932 26 Dec
8.5
Kansu, China
70,000
1934 15 Jan
8.4
Bihar India-Nepal
10,700
1935 30 May
7.5
Quetta, India (Pakistan)
35-60,000
1939 25 Jan
8.3
Chillan, Chile
28,000
1939 26 Dec
7.9
Erzincan, Turkey
30,000
1948 5 Oct
Soviet-Iranian border
19,800
1949 5 Aug
6.8
Ambato-Ecuador
6,000
1954 9 Sept
6.8
Orleansville (El Asnam), Algeria
1,500
1960 29 Feb
5.8
Agadir, Morocco
14,000
1960 21-30 May
9.5
Southern Chile
5,700
1962 1 Sept
6.9
Qazvin, Iran
12,000
1963 26 July
6.0
Skopje, Yugoslavia
1,200
1964 27 Mar
8.4
Anchorage, Alaska
131
1968 31 Aug
7.3
Dashye Bayaz, Iran
12,000
1970 31 May
7.8
Ancash, Peru
66,000
1972 23 Dec
6.2
Managua, Nicaragua
5,000
1975 4 Feb
7.5
Haicheng, China
1,328
1976 4 Feb
7.9
Guatemala
22,000
1976 6 May
6.5
Friuli, Italy
1,000
1976 28 July
7.9
Tangshan, China
850,000
1978 16 Sept
7.4
Iran
15,000
1980 10 Oct
7.2
El Asnam, Algeria
20,000
1985 19 Sept
8.1
Michoacan, Mexico
20,000
1988 7 Dec
6.8
Armenia
25,000
1989 17 Oct
7.1
Loma Prieta, Carlifornia
62
1990 21 June
7.7
North-west Iran
50,000
1993 30 Sept
Maharashtra, India
15,000
1995 17 Jan
7.2
Kobe, Japan
5,500
1997 May
7.1
E.Iran
1,560
The above chart comes from Alwyn, Scarth.(1997). Savage Earth-The dramatic story of volcanoes and earthquakes. Milan. HarperCollinsPublishers

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