• A catastrophic earthquake of intensity 8 on Richter Scale shook the city of Yungay in Peru on 30th May, 1971.
  • Nearly 74000 were reported killed in the disaster, while almost double the number were said to be injured and a million were rendered homeless in the tragedy.
  • The epicenter of the quake was under the sea.

4. Sicily, Italy

  • Another destructive earthquake was the one which hit Sicily on 11th January, 1693, which is considered as the most dangerous in the history of the country.
  • Thousands were killed in the quake and the tsunami which followed it and nearly 70 towns and cities were literally wiped out in the event.

3. Sumatra, Indonesia

  • No one can ever get over the memories of the massive earthquake of 26th December, 2004 which had its epicenter at Sumatra in Indonesia, and caused a powerful tsunami which affected 14 countries in the South Asian and East African regions.
  • More than 2,25,000 people died, while thousands were reported missing.

2. Rudbar, Iran

  • The tragic earthquake of Rudbar in Iran, which hit the 100 km area around its epicenter in Rashi on 21st June, 1990, is considered among the worst in the world history.
  • The quake wiped out nearly 700 villages, with a death toll of 40,000and it left almost 5,00,000 people homeless in its aftermath.

1. Nepal

  • The most disastrous earthquake which hit the region between Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal, recently on 25th April, 2015 is regarded as one of the worst in the world history.
  • It measured 7.8 on Richter scale and destroyed countless homes and monuments, besides taking a toll of thousands of lives.
  • Several parts of North India were affected by the massive quake.
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