Major World Earthquakes

Major earthquakes around the world in last 50 years:
• Oct. 8, 2005: Pakistani Kashmir; magnitude 7.6; more than 18,000 killed.
• March 28, 2005: Sumatra, Indonesia; magnitude 8.7; up to 1,000 killed.
• Dec. 26, 2004: Sumatra, Indonesia; magnitude 9.0; more than 176,000 people killed in 11 countries from earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
• Dec. 26, 2003: Bam, Iran; magnitude 6.5; more than 26,000 killed.
• May 21, 2003: Northern Algeria; magnitude 6.8; nearly 2,300 killed.
• March 25, 2002: Northern Afghanistan; magnitude 5.8; up to 1,000 killed.
• Jan. 26, 2001: India; magnitude 7.9; at least 2,500 killed. Estimates put death toll as high as 13,000.
• Sept. 21, 1999: Taiwan; magnitude 7.6; 2,400 killed.
• Aug. 17, 1999: Western Turkey; magnitude 7.4; 17,000 killed.
• Jan. 25, 1999: Western Colombia; magnitude 6; 1,171 killed.
• May 30, 1998: Northern
Afghanistan and Tajikistan; magnitude 6.9; as many as 5,000 killed.
• Jan. 17, 1995: Kobe, Japan; magnitude 7.2; more than 6,000 killed.
• Sept. 30, 1993: Latur, India; magnitude 6.0; as many as 10,000 killed.
• June 21, 1990: Northwest Iran; magnitude 7.3-7.7; 50,000 killed.
• Dec. 7, 1988: Northwest Armenia; magnitude 6.9; 25,000 killed.
• Sept. 19, 1985: Central Mexico; magnitude 8.1; more than 9,500 killed.
• Sept. 16, 1978: Northeast Iran; magnitude 7.7; 25,000 killed.
• July 28, 1976: Tangshan, China; magnitude 7.8-8.2; 240,000 killed.
• Feb. 4, 1976: Guatemala; magnitude 7.5; 22,778 killed.
• Feb. 29, 1960: Southwest Atlantic coast in Morocco; magnitude 5.7; some 12,000 killed, town of Agadir destroyed.