Deadliest earthquakes in history

Expand A look at the worst earthquakes in recorded history, in loss of human life.

Deadliest earthquakes in history

Share via Email This article is over 7 years old An Indonesian man in Banda Aceh surveys the damage after the deadliest tsunami in history in The massive water displacement was felt as far away as the Louisiana Gulf coast and registered on tidal gauges in Puerto Rico.

Deadliest earthquakes in history

Indonesia was the worst affected with an estimatedof the nearlydead. With many of the victims' bodies missing, the eventual death toll took a month to establish. No deaths were recorded, unless you count the six cows lost by one unfortunate Oahu farmer, who was left cursing an event that had occurred more than 3, miles away.

The quake was felt as far away as La Paz in Bolivia.

Deadliest earthquakes in history

Four hours after the first shocks, waves as high as 16 metres inundated the coast and carried one US gunboat two miles inland to rest precariously on the edge of a 60m cliff.

Across the pacific, the quake was accurately recorded by Japanese observers of the large tsunami that struck Japan on 27 January The power of that inundation has been used by historians and seismologists to pinpoint the magnitude of the Vancouver quake.

To the west in Hawaii, rivers suddenly drained about 12 hours after the first shocks, then were submerged as a series of successively larger waves flooded the coast.

Sep 07,  · A natural disaster is the consequence of a natural hazard (e.g. volcanic eruption, earthquake, landslide) which moves from potential in to an active phase, and as a result affects human activities. In some cases these disasters have lead to the loss of . Apr 02,  · "The single-most powerful explosive event ever witnessed" took place somewhere between BC and BC, when the volcano Thera erupted on what's now the island of . A look at the worst earthquakes in recorded history, in loss of human life. (The March 11, , earthquake and tsumani that affected eastern Japan is not included because the fatalities caused.

In the age of enlightenment, the cultural impact of the quake spread even further afield as the horrors of Lisbon provided inspiration for sensationalist artworks and philosophical tracts.

Voltaire penned a poem on the catastrophe and scientists found a wealth of written first-hand accounts to advance their understanding of the physical world. Across the region, landslides claimed the lives of 1, people and rendered parts of the landscape unrecognisable from the air.

The quake was followed by severe flooding, and eight days after the first tremors a natural dam on the Subansiri river burst, releasing a seven-metre wall of water against nearby villages. Near the epicentre of the quake, witnesses mentioned "explosive sounds" that seemed to come from high in the air, while seismologists as far away as England and Norway noted "oscillations" in lakes.A sampling of the biggest, most destructive and deadliest tsunamis on record, including the magnitude earthquake in northern Japan and the Indonesian disaster in Apr 02,  · "The single-most powerful explosive event ever witnessed" took place somewhere between BC and BC, when the volcano Thera erupted on what's now the island of .

This earthquake has sometimes been called the deadliest earthquake in history. The incident happened on January 23, in Shaanxi, China and devastated an area of miles. On Sunday, Nepal’s Home Ministry confirmed at least 8, deaths from the past month’s two major earthquakes and subsequent tremors, making the combined disaster the deadliest in the country.

Lists of earthquakes - Wikipedia

A look at the worst earthquakes in recorded history, in loss of human life. (The March 11, , earthquake and tsumani that affected eastern Japan is not included because the fatalities caused. The following is a list of earthquake lists, and of top earthquakes by magnitude and fatalities.

History's Deadliest Natural Disaster Killed Millions