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Chronology: Major Earthquakes Worldwide
A chronology of major earthquakes that each killed over 1,000 people in the last 20 years. Magnitudes are based on the Richter scale unless otherwise stated.
August 17, 1999 - ANKARA, TURKEY. 7.8 killed approx. 40,000
Jan. 25, 1999 - COLOMBIA - A quake measuring 6.2 killed at least 1,200 people and injured more than 4,500 in the central coffee-growing region -- Colombia's worst natural disaster in almost 15 years.
May 30, 1998 - AFGHANISTAN - A powerful earthquake hit northern Afghanistan killing as many as 3,000 people and destroying 50 villages in Takhar province.
Feb. 4, 1998 - AFGHANISTAN - At least 4,500 people were killed in an earthquake in the Rustaq district of Takhar province. The quake measured 6.1.
May 10, 1997 - IRAN - Up to 2,000 people were killed and thousands injured when an earthquake measuring 7.1 rocked rural areas of eastern Iran. The quake leveled 11 villages and inflicted heavy damage on the towns of Qaen and Birjand near its epicentre about 90 miles from the border with Afghanistan.
May 28, 1995 - RUSSIA - Russia's worst earthquake killed 1,989 people in the Far East oil-producing town of Neftegorsk, on the north of the remote Sakhalin Island. It measured 7.5.
Jan. 17, 1995 - JAPAN - 6,500 were killed after a strong earthquake ripped through central Japan. The earthquake, measuring 7.2 and centered around the port of Kobe, was the biggest quake to hit Japan in half a century.
June 6, 1994 - COLOMBIA - Some 1,000 people were killed in an earthquake and mudslide disaster in the Paez River valley in southwestern Colombia.
Sept. 30, 1993 - INDIA - Up to 22,000 people were killed in 36 villages destroyed after a series of powerful earthquakes which rocked western and southern India. The first of the five tremors measured 6.4. The epicenter was in the region where the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka meet near Latur. Officials said the final death toll may never be known.
Dec. 12, 1992 - INDONESIA - A string of islands in the province of East Nusa Tenggara was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.8. At least 2,200 people were killed. 1,490 died in Maumere on the island of Flores, which took the brunt of the quake. Another 700 were confirmed dead on Babi island.
Oct. 20, 1991 - INDIA - 1,600 dead, at least 2,000 injured. Richter scale 6.1, close to Uttarkashi, 190 miles northeast of Delhi.
Feb. 1, 1991 - PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN - Around 1,200 dead (Pakistan 200, Afghanistan 1,000), many hundreds injured. 6.8 on Richter scale in Pakistan, shook large areas of both countries.
July 16, 1990 - PHILIPPINES - at least 2,000 killed, 3,500 injured. Richter 7.7, epicenter the city of Cabanatuan. About half the deaths were around the tourist center of Baguio. An estimated 148,000 people were displaced or made homeless.
June 21, 1990 - IRAN - 35,000 dead, 100,000 injured, The worst recorded disaster in Iran. Registering 7.7 on Richter scale, devastated Caspian regions of Gilan and Zanjan. Some 500,000 were made homeless.
Dec. 7, 1988 - SOVIET UNION - More than 25,000 killed, 18,000 injured. 6.9 Richter. Northwest Armenia. The town of Spitak almost totally destroyed and Leninakan half-destroyed.
March 5, 1987 - ECUADOR - Over 1,000 people killed and several thousand missing. The epicenter of the quake was El Reventador, 50 miles east of Quito.
Oct. 10, 1986 - EL SALVADOR - 1,500 people killed, 20,000 people injured. 7.5 on the Richter Scale. Left over 300,000 homeless.
Sept. 19, 1985 - MEXICO - Between 6,000 and 12,000 killed, with 40,000 people injured. 8.1 on Richter scale. The earthquake hit Mexico city and adjoining region.
Oct. 30, 1983 - TURKEY - About 1,300 people killed and 500 injured. Over 6 on the Richter scale. The earthquake struck around the city of Erzurum. Over 35,000 people homeless.
Dec. 13, 1982 - YEMEN - 3,000 people killed and 2,000 people injured. 6 on the Richter scale. The earthquake devastated Dhamar province southeast of Sanaa.
June 11, 1981 - IRAN - 1,027 people killed and over 800 injured. 6.8 on the Richter scale. The town of Golbaf in Kerman province was destroyed.
Nov. 23, 1980 - ITALY - 2,735 people killed and over 7,500 injured. 7.2 on Richter scale. The epicenter was at Eboli but damage was reported over a huge area to Naples. Over 1,500 people were reported missing.
Oct. 10, 1980 - ALGERIA - Provisional figures issued by the United Nations said 2,590 killed. Registered up to 7.3 on the Richter scale. The earthquake centred on the town of El Asnam and left 330,000 people homeless.
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