List of world’s deadliest earthquakes since 2000
An earthquake with a magnitude 7.8 hit Turkey and Syria. More than 4,000 people died in Turkey and Syria as a result of an earthquake. As rescuers search the debris of collapsed buildings for trapped victims in the bitter cold and snow, the death toll is anticipated to grow.
Deadly Earthquake in Turkey and Syria
Around four in the morning, one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the area in a century jolted many out of their beds. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 7.8-magnitude earthquake’s epicentre was 24.1 kilometres (14.9 miles) beneath the surface, 23 kilometres (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi in Turkey’s Gaziantep region.
List of world’s deadliest earthquakes since 2000:
- On June 22, 2022, an earthquake of a magnitude of 6.1 killed over 1,100 people in Afghanistan.
- On August 14, 2021, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing almost 2,200 people.
- On September 28, 2018, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck Indonesia, killing almost 4,300 people.
- More than 300 people were killed on August 24, 2016, by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Italy.
- On April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal killed around 8,800 people.
- On August 3, 2014, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake close to Wenping, China, claimed the lives of around 700 people.
- More than 800 people were killed on September 24, 2013, when a magnitude 7.7 earthquake smashed southwest Pakistan.
- On March 11, 2011, a tsunami caused by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the northeast coast of Japan killed more than 20,000 people.
- A magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile on February 27, 2010, caused a tsunami that claimed 524 lives.
- On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing an astounding 316,000 people, according to government estimates.
- On September 30, 2009, an earthquake of a magnitude of 7.5 struck southern Sumatra, Indonesia, killing around 1,100 people.
- More than 300 people were killed on April 6, 2009, in and around L’Aquila, Italy, by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake.
- Over 87,500 people died as a result of a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that smashed eastern Sichuan in China on May 12, 2008.
- More than 500 people were killed on August 15, 2007, when a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck close to the coast of central Peru.
- On May 26, 2006, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 struck Java, Indonesia, killing about 5,700 people.
- On October 8, 2005, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Kashmir region of Pakistan, killing nearly 80,000 people.
- A magnitude 8.6 earthquake that struck northern Sumatra in Indonesia on March 28, 2005, killed roughly 1,300 people.
- On December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake in Indonesia sparked a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that claimed 230,000 lives across a dozen nations.
- A magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes southeast Iran on December 26, 2003, killing 50,000 people.
- On May 21, 2003, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 killed almost 2,200 people in Algeria.
- On March 25, 2002, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in northern Afghanistan killed about 1,000 people.
- A 7.7-magnitude earthquake smashes Gujarat, India, on January 26, 2001, leaving 20,000 dead.