Largest recorded earthquakes in history

By hardch
  • 9.0 - North America

    A quake affecting 1,000 kilometres of coastline set off a tsunami that crossed the Pacific Ocean and caused damage to coastal villages in Japan.
  • 8.7 - Chile

    A quake hit the city of Valparaiso, 120 kilometres northwest of the capital Santiago, causing a tsunami which hit more than 1,000 kilometres of coastline.
  • 8.7 - Portugal

    The capital Lisbon was struck by a quake while many residents were in church. A quarter of the city's population perished.
  • 9.0, Peru,

    The port of Arica, which is now part of Chile, was hit by a quake felt up to 1,400 kilometres (870 miles) away.
  • 8.8 - Ecuador

    A quake struck off the coast of Ecuador and Colombia and was felt as far away as San Francisco.
  • 9.0 - Russia

    A quake off the coast of the remote Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's far east caused Pacific-wide tsunamis.
  • 9.5 - Chile

    A quake off the coast of southern Chile killed more than 1,600 people and left 2,000,000 homeless.
  • 9.2 - Alaska

    A quake and tsunami killed 128 people and caused severe damage to the state's largest city Anchorage.
  • 8.7 - Alaska

    A quake in the remote Rat Islands generated a tsunami reported to be 10 metres high.
  • 9.1, Indonesia

    An undersea quake caused a massive tsunami that devastated coastlines in countries around the Indian Ocean, ultimately killing more than 220,000 people
  • 8.8, Chilean coast

    An offshore quake and tsunami killed more than 500 people, most in the coastal area of Maule, 400 kilometres (250 miles) south-west of the capital Santiago.
  • 8.9, Japan

    An undersea quake off northeast Japan unleashed a 10-metre-high tsunami which left devastation in its wake.