Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Earthquake’ Category

4/18/1906: At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, and killed an estimated 3,000 people, destroyed some 30 000 buildings and created 20 000 refugees



Indonesia lifted a tsunami warning but urged people to remain vigilant and evacuate to higher ground after an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck off the coast of its island of Sulawesi.


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3/29/1982: The combination of an earthquake and a volcanic eruption at El Chichon in southern Mexico converts a hill into a crater, kills thousands of people and destroys acres of farmland


3/27/1964: The strongest earthquake in American history (M9.2) rocks southern Alaska, creating a deadly tsunami and resulting in the deaths of about 131 people and injuring thousands.

3/22/1859: Quito, Ecuador suffers one of its worst earthquakes killing 5,000 people


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The most serious of a series of earthquakes emanating from the New Madrid Fault strikes the center of America on 2/7/1812


2/5/1783: In southern Italy, 80,000 people died in the estimated 7.5-8M earthquake and tsunami of 1783


2/4/1976: A 7.5-magnitude earthquake levels much of Guatemala City, killing 23,000 people and leaving one million others homeless.


1/24/1939: An 8.3-magnitude earthquake centered in south central Chile leaves 50,000 people dead and 60,000 injured.



1/23/1556: An earthquake in Shaanxi, China, kills an estimated 830,000 people.


“……the quake struck in the middle of a densely populated area with poorly constructed buildings and homes, resulting in a horrific death toll…….”



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