04 March 2010

Top 10 World's Deadliest Earthquakes

Earthquakes!!! Why earthquakes happened all of a sudden? This is because of the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves, causing a strong vibration on the area. Earthquakes struck anytime, and of course we don't see it coming. It's naturally "controlled" so that we might not be able to predict how or when the earthquake is going to happen. Some earthquakes might be more deadly if the Ritcher scale is higher.

Luckily earthquakes have never hit Malaysia before, but somehow there is a small vibration that we can feel here. So what do you think if you are standing right on the quake zone? I wonder how that feels. Whoa! SHOCKING! But I have never felt that shocking when earthquake strikes. Sometimes I had dreamed about myself in the '2012' scene. What the hell am I doing there? I had watched a giant wave marching towards me, and then I rapidly pop my eyes up. Sigh! Am I swallowed by the waves?

Here are the Top 10 World's Deadliest Earthquakes, but I still don't know why Indonesia is not in the list as the country gets hit by earthquakes for some time.
Shaanxi Province, China
January 23, 1556
Magnitude: approximately 8
Death Toll: 830,000

Tangshan, China
July 28, 1976
Magnitude: 7.5
Death Toll: 242,000
The casualties in this may have been higher. The Chinese government is thought to have deliberately understated the numbers for political reasons.

Aleppo, Syria
August 9, 1138
Magnitude: ?
Death Toll: 230,000

January 12, 2010
Magnitude: 7.0
Death Toll: 222,517

Xining, China
May 22, 1927
Magnitude: 7.9
Death Toll: 200,000

Damghan, Iran
December 22, 1856
Magnitude: unknown
Death Toll: 200,000

Gansu, China
December 16, 1920
Magnitude: 8.6
Death Toll: 200,000

Ardabil, Iran
March 23, 893
Magnitude: ?
Death Toll: 150,000

Kwanto, Japan
September 1, 1923
Magnitude: 8.3
Death Toll 143,000

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, USSR
October 5, 1948
Magnitude: 7.3
Death Toll: 110,000

Credits to: http://www.epicdisasters.com/index.php/site/comments/the_worlds_deadliest_earthquakes/


  1. really?? a bit diferent from wikipedia d??

  2. i thought the disastrous level should be measured by the magnitude? Our Penang tsunami had higher magnitude than some of these earthquakes...lol

  3. ah....im still very much worried by the movie "2012"......

  4. @Eric: Penang is not as worst as the other place. We are lucky to be escaped from that disastrous earthquakes man!

    @ohmywtf: It was just a fiction. Maybe you shouldn't think more about it and live your life to the fullest. :)

  5. Eric: the list is of deadliest earthquakes, so it is listed by the number of deaths rather than magnitude.

  6. i just think the word 'top ten' sounds a tad too cheerful. lol