As I was watching the recent devestation in Japan from the earthquake and Tsunami, I heard the reporters say this 8.9 earthquake was the 7th largest in history. I was curious to see when and how large the other one’s were. I did a bit of research and found the following chart:
The Ten Largest Earthquakes Since 1900
Below is a list of the largest earthquakes on record in the world. Magnitude, date, and location are also given.
|1.||Chile||May 22, 1960||9.5|
|2.||Prince William Sound, Alaska||March 28, 19643||9.2|
|3.||Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands||March 9, 1957||9.1|
|4.||Kamchatka||Nov. 4, 1952||9.0|
|5.||Off western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia||Dec. 26, 2004||9.0|
|6.||Off the coast of Ecuador||Jan. 31, 1906||8.8|
|7.||Offshore Maule, Chile||Feb. 27, 2010||8.8|
|8.||Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands||Feb. 4, 1965||8.7|
|9.||Northern Sumatra, Indonesia||March 28, 2005||8.7|
|10.||India-China border||Aug. 15, 1950||8.6|
As you can see, Japan’s recent earthquake is in a highly populated area, where in one town 1/2 of the population is now missing. Please join me in praying for these people as well as finding a way to donate to help them. I will most likely be donating money to help through the LDS Philanthropies website.