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Earthquakes: Highest Magnitude, Frequency

Highest Magnitude Earthquakes
#
Location
Date
Magnitude
1
Chile
22 May 1960
9.5
2
Prince William Sound, Alaska, USA
28 March 1964
9.2
3
Andreanof Islands, Alaska, USA
9 March 1957
9.1
4
Kamchatka, Russia
4 November 1952
9
Sumatra, Indonesia
26 December 2004
9
6
off coast of Ecuador
31 January 1906
8.8
7
Rat Islands, Alaska, USA
4 February 1965
8.7
7
Off coast of Sumatra, Indonesia
28 March 2005
8.7
9
Assam-Tibet
15 August 1950
8.6
10
Kamchatka, Russia
3 February 1923
8.5
10
Banda Sea, Indonesia
1 February 1938
8.5
10 
Kuril Islands, Russia-Japan
13 October 1963
8.5
Frequency of Occurrence of Earthquakes
Degree
Magnitude
Annual Average
great
8 and higher
1
major
7-7.9
17
strong
6-6.9
134
moderate
5-5.9
1,319
light
4-4.9
13,000*
minor
3-3.9
13,000*
very minor
2-2.9
13,000*

Notes

*estimate

Sources

Gates
, A. E. and D. Ritchie. Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes, 3rd edn. New York: Facts On File, 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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