5. Rudbar, Iran
The disastrous earthquake of Rudbar, Iran, took place on the 21 June, 1990. Reportedly, the earth caused widespread damage in the surrounding area of up to 300 kilometers from its central point. Destroying 700 villages near the cities of Lushan, Rudbar and Manjiil, the earthquake took 40, 000 lives, leaving 500, 000 homeless. The number of injured persons reached up to 60, 000 and the damage cost was estimated to be around $200 million. The earthquake also caused landslides in the area of Rasht-Qazvin-Zanjan, Iran. Substantial damage occurred in many far off cities as well. With its widespread damage, the earthquake makes it to our list of ten deadliest earthquakes ever.
4. Tohoku, Japan
The east coast of Tohoku in Japan, on the 11th of March, 2011, was hit by a deadliest earthquake ever recorded in the history of mankind with a 9.03 magnitude. This natural calamity caused immense destruction leaving thousands injured; claiming 16,000 lives and a large number of people went missing, as well. Nearly 130, 000 buildings collapsed in the earthquake. As a result, many were left homeless and the lifestyle of the locals remained disturbed for a long time. The tsunami also caused fires in many surrounding areas. Collectively, the infrastructure was greatly damaged with roads and railways all broken. The damage is considered to be immeasurable because it did not only claim human lives and damage to the property, but also damaged the four major nuclear power stations in Japan. It is rather shocking to know that the debris from the devastated area reached as far as Canada and Hawaii. With all this said, there is no doubt about the fact that the catastrophe shall be a part of our list of ten deadliest earthquakes ever.
3. Azad Kashmir and adjoining areas, Pakistan
Pakistan Earthquake, which took place in the year 2005, in the Kashmir, Abbottabad and Mansehra district of the country, is said to have caused immense destruction. We include it on our list of ten deadliest earthquakes for the damage it caused to human life and infrastructure. Measured on the seismograph at a magnitude of 7.5, the earthquake was the cause of disturbance in the platonic plates. As a result even after the main earthquake, numerous aftershocks kept shaking the earth and therefore affecting the life in the region for weeks ahead. The death toll count was 85, 000, while 70, 000 were seriously injured. Tremors of this devastating earthquake were also felt in the surrounding region of western China and Tajikistan. The infrastructure was highly damaged. It took years to rebuild the area.
2. Sichuan, China
A devastating earthquake took place in Sichuan province of China in the year 2008. With the whopping magnitude of 7.9 on the seismograph, the earthquake claimed 87, 600 lives. Many homes, building and roads were destructed. And a huge number of people were seriously injured. A study by the UN revealed that around 34, 000 people became handicapped owing to the serious injuries. Not only was the earthquake felt in the region of Sichuan, which it most affected, but the tremors were also felt in the neighboring countries and other provinces of china, such as Beijing and Shanghai. This is regarded as the deadliest earthquake to have ever hit the country after the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. Hence, it makes it to our list of ten deadliest earthquakes ever.
Another and perhaps the deadliest of all earthquakes to have hit the earth is that which shook the Caribbean country, Haiti, in the year 2010. With all its damage and destruction, it is sure to have found a spot in our list of ten deadliest earthquakes ever. With the magnitude measured at 7.1 on the seismograph, the earthquake caused great destruction and damage to the country and its residents. Reportedly over 300,000 people lost their lives in this deadliest earthquake and about 310, 000 were injured. More than 1.9 million people became homeless. A report revealed that around 250, 000 residential units and 30, 000 commercial buildings collapsed during the earthquake. The exact numbers are disputed, though. No one could measure the immense destruction. The earthquake was followed by 50 aftershocks which were equally damaging.
These 10 deadliest earthquakes are only a few among the many earthquakes that have hit our planet and caused destruction to the mankind. This blog is dedicated to all the people, everywhere in the world, who have lost their precious lives in natural calamities. Stay safe!!!