20 Of The Most Terrifying Earthquakes To Shake Mother Earth
One of the earliest recorded earthquakes occurred in December of 856 in Damghan, Iran. With an estimated magnitude of 8.0, 200,000 people were killed, and tremors were felt throughout the surrounding area for quite some time. Much of the area was completely destroyed.
In March of 2011, the east coast of Tohoku, Japan was struck by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. This was considered the strongest to ever hit the island country, and is considered one of the top five worst in the entire world. 15,878 lives were taken, 6,126 injured, and nearly 2,173 people went missing throughout 20 counties.
On September 1st, 1923, The Great Kanto earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.9, struck the island country of Japan. This quake caused ‘the Great Tokyo Fire’, though the earthquake only lasted around 4 to 10 minutes. The fire claimed the lives of 140,000 people, and the aftershocks – numbering around 57 – caused an estimated deaths of 93,000 and 43,500 missing.
Ashgabat, Soviet Union
In 1948, near Ashgabat, Soviet Union, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 occurred. Unfortunately, the country had harsh censorship rules, so reports of casualties and damages were kept well hidden. Sources claim between 10,000 and 176,000 died in the quake, but the correct toll appears to be around 110,000.