Many times in the history of human existence, mankind has faced the wrath of nature in the form of natural calamities such as floods, cyclones, famines and worst of all, earthquakes. The worst thing about earthquakes is that no one can predict them and this is the very reason why they cause such an immense damage to life and property.
Here is the list of 10 strongest and largest earthquakes in history:
10. Assam Tibet Earthquake
The Assam Tibet Earthquake of 1950 is regarded as one of the strongest in the history, with a magnitude of 8.6 on Richter Scale. It caused destructive landslides and fissures and killed nearly 780 people and making thousands homeless.
9. Northern Sumatra Earthquake, Indonesia
Another powerful earthquake was recorded in world history on 28th March, 2005 when North Sumatra in Indonesia was shaken by tremors of 8.6 in magnitude. It registered a death toll of 1300, most of them on the island of Nias.
8. Rat Islands Earthquake, Alaska
The Rat Islands in Alaska experienced a huge earthquake of 8.7 magnitude on 4th February, 1965, which also resulted in a 30 foot high tsunami. The damage, however, was not extensive due to the remote location of the affected area.
7. Ecuador Columbia Earthquake
Next on the list of 10 strongest earthquakes in history is the one which rocked Ecuador and Columbia on 31st January, 1906. It measured 8.8 on Richter Scale and cause a destructive tsunami, which killed 1500 people and also resulted in huge damage to property.
6. Offshore Maule, Chile
The deadly earthquake of intensity 8.8 which hit six regions in Chile, is regarded as the sixth strongest earthquake in the history of mankind. The calamity struck on 27th February, 2010 and as many as 525 casualties were reported, along with many others who went missing.