Chronography of major earthquakes and volcanic eruptions
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Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions � Iceland
14/4/2010, Mount Eyjafjallajokul in Iceland erupted; volcanic ash caused major disruption to European air travel.
23/1/1973. 5,000 evacuated from the island of Heimay in Iceland as a volcano erupted.
5/5/1970, Hekla volcano in southern Iceland erupted, causing the evacuation of the surrounding villages. Hekla had last erupted in 1948; since 1970, the eruptions have occurred every ten years.
14/11/1963. The island of Surtsey, off Iceland, was born as an undersea volcano erupted.
14(-16)/8/1783, Severe earthquake hit Iceland, destroying 92 farms and badly damaging another 372 farms and 11 churches.
8/6/1783, The Laki Volcano in Iceland erupted; the world�s largest volcanic eruption. One fifth of Iceland�s inhabitants, over 10,000 people, died as a 28km long fissure opened up, from which lava covered an area of 570 square kilometres. Some 12-15 cubic kilometres of lava were ejected. Deaths were from poisonous gases then from famine and disease as 11,500 cattle (53%of total), 28,000 horses (77% of total) and 190,500 sheep (82% of total) also perished. England faced very cold weather from June to December.
939, Major volcanic eruption in Iceland, affected climate and crops worldwide.
Earthquakes � United Kingdom
17/2/2018, A magnitude 4.4 earthquake occurred near Swansea. It was felt across England from the Isle of Wight to the Lake District.
11/7/2014, A magnitude 4.6 earthquake hit Jersey, Channel Islands; the largest quake in the area since a 5.6 magnitude tremor hit Guernsey in 1926.
4/2008, A 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit Kent, England.
28/4/2007, A magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit Folkestone, Kent, damaging around 200 houses.
19/10/2002. A series of minor but noticeable earthquakes hit Manchester, causing some damage to roofs and chimneys.
2/4/1990. An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale hit the UK.
7/6/1931, Earthquake felt across Britain.
22/4/1884, A great earthquake hit Colchester and parts of East Anglia. 1,200 buildings were damaged, and 4 people killed.
18/11/1795, Significant earthquake in Derbyshre, England, chimneys fell and walls were cracked.
23/8/1750, An earth tremor was felt in Spalding. On 2/3/1750 an earth tremor had been felt in London, and on 2/4/1750 another tremor was felt in Warrington.
6/4/1580, An earth tremor damaged several old London churches, including the old St Paul�s Cathedral.
19/9/1119, Severe earthquake in Gloucestershire & Warwickshire, England.
11/8/1089, A powerful earthquake was recorded in Britain.
964, Earliest recorded earthquake in Britain.
103, According to local tradition, a major earthquake occurred in Somerset, England, causing an entire town (name unknown) to be swallowed up.
Earthquakes � rest of western Europe (France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland)
13/4/1992, An earthquake rocked Roermond in The Netherlands, along the Peel fault.
3/4/1960, Earthquake at Havre, Belgium.
11/6/1909. Earthquake killed 60 in Provence, France.
2/11/1570. A tidal wave in the North Sea destroyed sea walls from Holland to Jutland; over a thousand were killed.
18/10/1356, Basel, Switzerland, was badly damaged by an earthquake.
Earthquakes � rest of eastern Europe (Romania, former Yugoslavia)
4/3/1977, Earthquake in Bucharest, magnitude 7.2,� killed 1,500 people and injured 7,600.
26/7/1963. Big earthquake hit Skopje, Yugoslavia, killing 1,100. 150,000 were left homeless.
Earthquakes � former USSR
6/10/2008, A magnitude 6.6 earthquake killed 65 in Kyrgzystan.
28/5/1995, Neftegorsk, Russia, was hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed 2,000 people, 2/3 of the town�s population.
10/12/1988. Severe earthquake, 6.9 on the Richter scale, hit Armenia. 100,000 were reported to have died as the cities of Spitak and Leninakan were flattened. However the death toll was later reduced to 25,000. 15,000 were injured and 400,000 left homeless.
30/3/1956, Mount Bezymianny, Kamchatka, USSR, erupted, destroying the top 180m of the volcano and sending a volcanic plume 40km high. There was no recorded loss of life.
1948, Earthquake in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; 100,000 died.
16/12/1902, An earthquake in Turkestan killed 4,000.
25/11/1667, Earthquake at Samakhi, Azerbaijan.
Earthquakes � Portugal, Spain
1829, Severe earthquake hit Murcia, Spain.
1/11/1755, An earthquake reduced two thirds of Lisbon to rubble, killing 60,000 people. Lisbon had been a great city with a population of about a quarter of a million. The quake has been estimated at Richter 9, and caused cracks as wide as 5 metres in the ground to open. Further destruction was caused when a 6 metre high tsunami struck, drowning many who had sought refuge on ships in the harbour. Fire then destroyed many more buildings. Striking on All Saints Day, the quake caused many to be sceptical of God�s existence, and the event spurred research into natural causes for disasters rather than Acts of God, laying the foundations for the Enlightenment.
25/2/1531. A severe earthquake killed an estimated 20,000 people in Lisbon.
Earthquakes, volcanoes � Italy
18/1/2017, Four further earthquakes of magnitudes 5.3, 5.7, 5.3 and 5.1 hit central Italy, close to the site of last year�s quakes. The epicentre was about 130 km NE of Rome, where the tremors were felt. The earthquake was blamed for a snow avalanche that killed 30 tourists at a hotel in eastern-central Italy.
30/10/2016, A magnitude 6.6 shallow (10km) earthquake hit central Italy; this was the 4th significant quake there in four months. Further damage was done to historic buildings but no fatalities were reported.
24/8/2016, A shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Umbria region of central Italy.247 people were killed.
29/5/2012, A magnitude 5.9 earthquake killed 24 people near Bologna, Italy.
6/4/2009, Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit L�Aquila, Italy. 300 were killed and 1,500 injured.
20/10/1991, Magnitude 7.0 earthquake in northern Italy, killed 2,000 people.
4/9/1983, Earthquake at Pozzuoli, Naples, caused major panic, as people feared another eruption of nearby Vesuvius.
23/11/1980, A series of earthquakes in southern Italy killed 4,800 people, and left 300,000 homeless.people.
6/5/1976. Major earthquake in northern Italy killed 2,000.
5/4/1971, A 70-day eruption of Mount Etna, lasting until 14/6/1971, began.
23/7/1930, Earthquake in southern Italy; 1,700 killed.
5/11/1928. Mount Etna erupted.
27/11/1926. Vesuvius erupted.
13/1/1915. An earthquake killed 20,000 in central Italy.
9/5/1914. Earthquake killed over 150 in Catania, Italy.
27/3/1910. Mount Etna in Italy erupted.
28/12/1908. An earthquake killed more than 75,000 people in Messina, Sicily, over half the population. This was the most violent earthquake ever recorded in Europe.
24/10/1907, Severe earthquake hit Calabria, southern Italy.
7/4/1906. Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the town of Ottaiano. Hundreds died. Over 105 were killed when the church of San Guiseppe collapsed in Naples.� The weight of ash killed many more as roofs collapsed.
9/9/1905. Severe earthquake killed thousands in Calabria, Italy.
23/2/1887, The town of Bussana Vecchia, Liguria, Italy, was abandoned after an earthquake which killed 2,000 people. 80 years later the town was repopulated as an artist�s colony.
1883, Earthquake hit Ischia Italy, 2,000 died.
4/1872, Mount Vesuvius erupted.
12/1857, Large area east of Naples, Italy, devastated by an earthquake.
1783, Earthquake in Calabria, 60,000 dead.
1757, Earthquake in Calabria, 10,000 killed.
3/11/1706, A severe earthquake hit Abruzzi, Italy, destroying the town and killing 15,000 of its inhabitants.
14/2/1703, An earthquake hit Norcia, Italy.
2/2/1703, An earthquake hit the town of L�Aquila, Italy.
11/1693, Earthquake in Catania, Italy, killed 40,000.
11/1/1693, Mount Etna erupted; a large earthquake affected Sicily and Malta; with 60,000 dead.
11/3/1669, Mount Etna, Sicily, erupted, killing 20,000.
16/12/1631, Major eruption of Vesuvius killed 18,000 people.
1538, At Tripergole, a town near Pozzouli and Vesuvius, in the previous few years the ground having risen seven metres, exposing ancient� Roman ruins from the Pompeii era; a new offshore volcano called Monte Nuovo appeared, reaching a height of 140 metres.
4/2/1169, An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of around 7 struck the eastern coast of Sicily, causing an estimated 15,000 deaths.
472, Vesuvius erupted.
25/8/79, Pliny the Elder, naturalist, died, in the eruption of Vesuvius.
24/8/79. Vesuvius erupted, destroying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing 2,000 people.
3/44 BCE, Mount Etna began a series of eruptions, lasting from March until May. Dust emitted by the volcano hung in the atmosphere, causing three years of crop failures in China.
Earthquakes � Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey
30/10/2020, A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Izmir, western Turkey, killing 12, also 2 died in nearby Samos, Greece.
26/11/2019, A magnitude 6.4 quake hit Albania, killing at least 21 and injuring 600. There had been an earlier magnitude 5.6 quake in Albania in September.
21/7/2017, A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Bodrum, SW Turkey.
23/10/2011, A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the city of Van, eastern Turkey.
14/8/2003, A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the Greek Ionian island of Lefkada, injuring 24.
12/11/1999, A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Duzce, north-west Turkey, killing 845 and injuring 4,948.
7/9/1999, A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Athens, killing 143 people and injuring over 2,000.
17/8/1999. 17,800 killed as an earthquake hit the Turkish cities of Izmit and Istanbul. The quake measured 7.4 on the Richter Scale.� 17,000 were killed and 44,000 injured.
13/5/1995, A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit the Greek Macedonian city of Kozani; nobody was injured.
13/3/1992. A major quake in eastern Turkey, 6.8 on the Richter scale, killed an estimated 1,000 people.
24/2/1981, Just before 11am local time, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Athens. 16 people died, mainly due to heart attacks. The epicentre was in the eastern Corinthian Gulf, near the Alkyonides Islands, 60 km west of Athens. A further aftershock, magnitude 6.4, hit that afternoon, causing further damage in nearby towns.
20/6/1978, A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Thessaloniki, Greece�s second-largest city. An apartment block in the central district of Ippodrome collapsed, killing over 40 people.
24/11/1976. The Turkish province of Van was devastated by an earthquake, and 3,700 people were killed.
6/9/1975. A major earthquake in Lice, Turkey, killed nearly 3,000 people.
4/4/1970, A series of earthquakes in western Turkey killed 1,000 and left 90,000 homless, mainly around the town of Gediz.
19/8/1966, Earthquake in eastern Turkey killed 2,000.
1956, Earthquake struck Thira, killing over 40 and leaving thousands homeless.
26/12/1939, 40,000 killed in Erzincan, Turkey, by a magnitude 8.0 quake.
22/4/1928. Earthquake in Corinth left 50,000 homeless.
9/8/1912. Earthquake in Constantinople, Turkey, killed 6,000.
28/5/1903. Earthquake in Constantinople killed 2,000 people.
29/4/1903. Earthquake in Van, Turkey, killed 860.
10/3/1902, Earthquake in Turkey destroyed the town of Tochangri.
21/2/1858, Corinth, Greece, was destroyed by an earthquake.
10/9/1509, Istanbul earthquake destroyed 109 mosques and killed an estimated 10,000 people.
1273, Durazzo, Albania, was destroyed by an earthquake.
1268, Earthquake in Cilicia, southern Turkey, killed an estimated 60,000.
11/5/1222, Earthquake in Cyprus.
7/1201, Severe earthquake hit the eastern Mediterranean, killing an estimated 1.1 million people.
26/10/740, An earthquake struck Constantinople.
7/5/558, In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapsed due to an earthquake. Emperor Justinian I ordered the dome to be rebuilt.
551, Major earthquake in Beirut; 250,000 dead.
29/11/539, Antioch was struck by an earthquake.
6/11/447, The walls of Constantinople were severely damaged by an earthquake, destroying large parts of the wall, including 57 towers. The population was threatened by a plaque. Emperor Theodosius II ordered Constantine, praetorian prefect of the East, to supervise the repairs. He employed the city's demoi ("Circus factions") in the work and rebuilt the walls within 60 days.
21/7/365, An earthquake and tsunami devastated Crete and Alexandria and affected Italy, Greece, and Palestine.
358, Large earthquake in Asia Minor.
Earthquakes - Syria, :Lebanon, Israel, Egypt
22/11/1995, A magnitude 7.2 quake hit Israel, Egypt, and was felt over much of the Mediterranean and North Africa.
12/10/1992. Earthquake hit Cairo. It was 5.9 on the Richter scale, with an epicentre 19 miles from Cairo, tremors were felt in Jerusalem 250 miles away. There was panic as at least 160 buildings collapsed and many were trampled to death in the ensuing chaos. Fortunately the Aswan Dam was not breached.
1822, Earthquake at Aleppo, Syria, 22,000 dead.
8/8/1303, An earthquake destroyed the Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt, one of the seven wonders of the world.
20/5/1202, An earthquake in Syria.
11/10/1138, An earthquake in Aleppo, Syria, killed about 230,000 people.
9/3/757, A major earthquake struck Palestine and Syria.
18/1/749, A severe earthquake hit Palestine.
24/12/717, An earthquake shook many places in northern Syria, and destroyed the Old Church of Edessa.
28/2/714, An earthquake struck Syria.
Earthquakes � North Africa (Algeria, Morocco)
19/9/2021, A volcanic eruption began on La Palma, Canary Islands.
24/2/2004, A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco, near the city of Al Hoceima, killing over 400 there. A further 500 were killed in Ait Kamara.
21/5/2003, A major earthquake hit Algeria, killing over 2,000.
11/10/1980,� The Algerian city of El Asnam (formerly Orleansville) was hit by a major earthquake; 80% of the city was destroyed and 20,000 died. The magnitude 7.5 quake was felt as far away as Spain, where it cracked houses in Valencia. The last previous quake here was in 1954.
28/2/1960. Agadir, Morocco, was devastated by an earthquake, killing 12,000.
9/9/1954. Earthquake in Algeria killed 1,500 in the city of Orleansville.�
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions � Sub-Saharan Africa
17/1/2002, Mount Nyiragongo in the Congo erupted, displacing some 400,000 people.
28/5/2000. The volcano Mount Cameroon erupted.
21/8/1986, Volcanic activity around Lake Nyos, Africa, caused nearly 2,000 people to die from CO2 poisoning.
Earthquakes � Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan
12/11/2017, A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck just after midnight close to Halabja near the Iran-Iraq border. At least 530 people were killed and 8,000 injured.
26/10/2015, A magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan, killing over 200 people.
11/8/2013, Two magnitude 6.4 earthquakes hit Tabriz and Ahar, Iran, killing 153 people.
16/4/2013, Earthquake in Khash province, Iran, magnitude 7.8, killed 38.
9/4/2013, Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Iran, killing 37 people.
22/2/2005, A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the Zarand region of Kermand Province, southern Iran, killing 50 and injuring 1,000.
26/12/2003. Earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hit Bam, SE Iran. Over 25,000 killed and 30,000 injured.
25/3/2002, A major earthquake hit Afghanistan, killing 1,800.
30/5/1998, A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit northern Afghanistan, killing 5,000 people.
14/3/1998, A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit south eastern Iran.
4/2/1998, A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit north-east Afghanistan, killing over 5,000 people.
10/5/1997, An earthquake near Ardekul, north east Iran, killed over 2,400 people.
28/2/1997, Major earthquake in NW Iran, close to the Azerbaijan border.
21/6/1990. Earthquake hit Iran, 7.7 on the Richter scale, destroyed towns across 100 square miles of Gilan Province, NW Iran. Over 40,000 died and 100,000 were injured.
16/9/1978. 25,000 died in a quake in Iran measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale around the town of Tabas.
10/4/1972. Earthquakes in Iran killed over 3,000 people.
31/8/1968. A major earthquake in Iran killed over 20,000 people.
1/9/1962, Severe earthquake hit Iran, killing 20,000.
15/6/1923. Earthquake in Iran killed 20,000.
7/7/1855, Earthquake in Shiraz, northern Iran killed 40,000 people.
1824, Earthquake in Shiraz, Iran, killede 4,000 people.
1812, Much of Shiraz, Iran, was destroyed by an earthquake.
7/6/1755, Earthquake hit northern Persia, killing 40,000.
15/2/1549, Major earthquake hit Qayin, Iran, killing 3,000.
22/12/856, Earthquake in Danghan, Iran, killed 200,000.
Earthquakes �India, Nepal, Pakistan
12/5/2015, A second powerful earthquake hit Nepal. The 7.3 magnitude tremor struck 80 kilometres north east of Kathmandu, inuring over 1,000 people.
25/4/2015, Earthquake in Nepal killed 7,500 and injured 14,000. The magnitude 7.9 quake struck 80 kilometres north west of Kathmandu.
29/10/2008, A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Quetta, Pakistan
4/11/2005, Severe aftershocks, up to 6.3 on the Richter Scale, hit northern Pakistan.
8/10/2005, A 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Kashmir, killing around 74,000.
26/1/2001, 25,000 were killed and one million left homeless by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake in the western Indian city of Gujerat.
30/9/1993. Earthquake in southwest India killed 10,000.
1/2/1991. An earthquake in Pakistan killed 1,500 people.
28/12/1974, An earthquake in northern Pakistan killed over 5,000 people.
30/5/1935. More than 50,000 died in a magnitude 7.6 quake in Quetta (then India, now Pakistan).
4/4/1905. An earthquake in Lahore, India, killed 12,000 people.
12/6/1897, A magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit Assam, NE India. 1,542 were killed as a plateau in Shillong district suddenly rose 15 metres, throwing boulders, gravestones and even people into the air.
10/1/1869, Severe earthquake at Cachar, Assam, India.
11/10/1737, An earthquake killed 300,000 in Calcutta.
1505, The last recorded earthquake before modern times in western Nepal.
Earthquakes � China, Taiwan
8/8/2017, A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Sichuan province, China, killing 19 and injuring 247.
6/2/2016, A shallow magnitude 6.4 quake hit Taiwan; 38 people died.
13/4/2010, A 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Qinghai, China, killed over 2,000.
12/5/2008, A magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit Sichuan Province, central China, killing 156,000 people, and injuring 290,000.� 5 million were made homeless.
10/1/1998, An earthquake in China killed 50 and injured 10,000.
24/1/1981, A 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Sichuan, China, killed 150 people and injured 300.
28/7/1976. One of the greatest natural disasters of the 20th century occurred when an earthquake, magnitude 7.8, hit Tangshan in China, killing 255,000 � 750,000 people. At least 164,000 were injured.
11/5/1974. Big earthquake killed 20,000 in Sichuan, China.
26/12/1932, Earthquake in China killed 70,000.
22/5/1927, Earthquake in China killed 200,000.
16/12/1920. Earthquake in Kamsu, China, killed 180,000.
12/2/1906, Earthquake in Taiwan, 1,228 killed.
23/1/1556. An earthquake in China�s Shanxi province killed an estimated 830,000 people.
27/9/1290, An earthquake in the Gulf of Chili, province of Hebei, China, killed an estimated 100,000.
Earthquakes � Korea
5/12/2012, A magnitude 5.8 earthquake in South Korea killed 6.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions � Japan
16/4/2016, The second of two earthquakes hit Japan; the first was on 14/4/2016, magnitude 6.2, on the southern island of Kyushu; 44 died. The second quake was magnitude 7.0.
11/3/2011, Japan was hit by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake and tsunami.� 15,340 people were killed, and a further 3,926 were missing.� The nuclear plant at Fukushima was badly damaged.
14/6/2008, A 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Iwate, Japan, killed 12 and injured 400.
20/4/2005, A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit Fukuoka and Kasuga, in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan�� 56 people were injured.
20/3/2005, A magnitude 7 earthquake struck west of Kyushu Island, Japan. 250 were injured and at least one died.
22/10/2004, Major earthquake hit NW Japan.
21/9/1999, Central Japan was hit by an earthquake; 2,400 were killed.
17/1/1995. 5.46 am, local time, earthquake in Kobe, southern Japan, killed 6,433, and injured 27,000. The quake measured 7.2 on the Richter Scale and made 300,000 homeless. Cost of damage was estimated at �63 billion. It was the worst quake to hit Japan since Tokyo, 1923.
12/7/1993, A magnitude 7.8 earthquake off Hokkaido caused a major tsunami to hit Okushuri island, killing 202 people.
1/9/1923. An earthquake magnitude 7.9 in Japan left the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama in ruins and killed over 300,000 people. The epicentre was just outside Tokyo. Half of Tokyo�s houses were destroyed, a million of its people made homeless, and 132,807 killed in Tokyo alone. Altogether 143,000 died and 2.5 million were made homeless.
31/8/1896, Earthquake in Ugo and Rikuchu areas of Japan, 209 killed.
15/6/1896, A tsunami created a 100 foot wave that struck Sanriku, Japan, killing 26,000 along 170 miles of coastline. Earthquake in Sanriku, Japan, killed 27,100.
22/10/1894, Earthquake in Shonai, Japan, killed 726.
28/10/1891, A severe earthquake hit Osaka, Japan; 10,000 were killed.
21/3/1857, Earthquake in Japan killed 107,000.
11/11/1855, Earthquake hit Edo (now Tokyo), Japan. 6,700 were killed.
23/12/1854, Earthquake in Shikoku, Japan, 3,000 killed.
6/7/1854, Earthquake in Yamato, Iga, Ise, area of Japan killed 2,400.
8/5/1844, Earthquake hit Echigo, Japan, 12,000 killed.
28/12/1828, Earthquake at Echigo, Japan, killed 30,000.
18/2/1828, Earthquake hit Echigo, Japan, 1,400 killed.
10/2/1792, Earthquake in Hizen and Higo, Japan, 15,000 killed.
3/8/1783, Mount Asama erupted in Japan, killing 35,000 people.
8/3/1766, Earthquake in Hirosaki, Japan, 1,300 killed.
8/3/1751, Earthquake in Echigo, Japan, 1,700 killed.
16/12/1707, Mount Fuji, Japan, underwent its last eruption before 2000. This was also its biggest recorded eruption, and continued for 16 days, emitting 850 million cubic metres of material.
28/10/1707, Earthquake hit coastal areas of Kyushu and Shikoku, Japan, 4,900 killed.
30/12/1703, In Japan, an earthquake and the resultant fires killed 200,000 people in Edo.
19/2/1694, Earthquake in Ugo,Japan,390 killed.
2/2/1666, Earthquake in Echigo, Japan, 1,500 killed.
16/6/1662, Earthquake in Kyoto, Japan, 500 killed.
2/12/1614, Earthquake in NE Japan, 1,700 killed.
27/9/1611, Earthquake in Aizu,Japan, killed 3,700.
31/1/1605, Earthquake on Pacific coast of Japan killed 5,000.
1596, Earthquake in Kyoto,Japan, killed 2,000.
1569, Earthquake in Bungo, Japan, killed 700.
1498, Earthquake in Tokaido, Japan, formed Hamana lagoon.
1361, Earthquake in Kyoto,Japan.
26/5/1293, An earthquake in Kamakura, Japan killed an estimated 30,000.
26/5/869, An earthquake and tsunami devastated a large part of the Sanriku� coast near Sendai, Japan.
26/11/684, A great earthquake struck Japan. 5,000 square kilometres of land were reputedly swallowed up by the sea at this event.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions � Indo-China, Indonesia, Philipines
28/9/2018, An earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, killed over 1,640 people.
5/8/2018, A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit Lombok Island, Philippines. 321 people were killed, 1,033 seriously injured and 270,000 left homeless. Earlier, on 29/7/2018, a magnitude 6.4 quake had also hit Lombok.
11/11/2012, A magnitude 6.8 earthquake killed 12 people in Myanmar.
11/4/2012, A magnitude 8.6 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia.
6/2/2012, A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the Philippines, killing 43 people.
26/10/2010, Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia began erupting.
25/10/2010, Earthquake off Sumatra killed 400 and caused a tsunami.
27/5/2006, A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit central Java, killing over 6,000, injuring 36,000, leaving 1.5 million homeless.
28/3/2005, A magnitude 8.7 earthquake hit Sumatra, 3 months after the 2004 Indian Ocean quake.� It was the second largest quake since 1965.
26/12/2004, A very large earthquake struck the floor of the Indian Ocean just off Aceh Province, Indonesia. It was estimated as magnitude 9.3 on the Richter Scale, and shifted parts of the sea bed vertically by ten metres. It caused a very large tsunami to sweep across the Indian Ocean, causing at least 165,000 casualties. In January 2005 the Indonesian government raised its death toll to 166,320, bringing the total estimated number of casualties to 232,010. The confirmed death toll on 18/1/05 stood at 162,705, including 115,229 from Indonesia, 30,920 from Sri Lanka, 10,714 from India, 5,291 from Thailand, 298 from Somalia, 82 from the Maldives, 68 from Malaysia, 10 from Tanzania, 2 from Bangladesh, and 1 from Kenya. The secretive military regime in Burma reported just 90 deaths, a suspiciously low figure. Many tourists from Europe, who had been on winter holidays, died, including at least 400 Britons (possibly 2,000 Britons).
12/12/1993, An earthquake hit Flores, Indonesia, killing 2,200.
12/12/1992. An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit just offshore from Flores Island, Indonesia. At least 1,500 were killed as 80% of the buildings in the island�s capital, Maumere, were destroyed.
17/6/1991. Mount Pinatubo continued to erupt. On 24/6/1991 Mount Didicas, 280 miles north-east of Mount Pinatubo, also erupted, killing 343 people.
9/6/1991. Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted. 500,000 people had to be evacuated as the USA�s biggest overseas air base, Clark Naval Base, was threatened. Manila was covered 30 cm deep in volcanic ash.
16/7/1990. A major earthquake hit the Philippines. Measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale, it was the worst for 14 years. It hit 60 miles north of the capital, Manila. 1,600 people were killed.
20/2/1979, Poisoning by a high concentration of carbon dioxide killed 175 people in the Indonesian village of Pucukan on Java, built on a plateau near the Mount Sinila crater of the Dieng Volcanic Complex. Rescuers evacuated 9,000 people in Pucukan and a neighbouring village. A small eruption from Kawah Simla and neighbouring Sigluduk released the gas that had been trapped underground.
19/8/1977, Earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
17/8/1976. In the Philippines a severe earthquake followed by tidal waves killed over 3,000 people.
17/3/1963. A volcano erupted in Bali, killing 11,000.
27/8/1883. Krakatoa, a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java, erupted. Thousands were killed by the resulting tsunamis. In all over 50,000 died as noon turned to darkness and a tidal wave flooded 120 feet high. The eruption was allegedly heard 2,200 miles away in Australia. The eruption caused spectacular red sunsets in Britain for several weeks afterwards.
1880, Earthquake hit Manila, Philippines, 3,000 died.
3/2/1864, Severe earthquake in Mindanao, Philippines.
10/4/1815, After five days of volcanic eruptions, Mount Tambora exploded. The top 500 metres of the mountain vanished, and a 6 kilometre wide crater appeared. By July 1815 60,000 had died from the effects of the eruption, and summer 1816 was very cool, bringing starvation, riots and disease.
1/2/1814, Mount Mayon volcano, Philippines, erupted, killing 1200 and destroying the town of Cagsaua, now replaced by Albay.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions � Oceania and Pacific Islands,
15/1/2022, The eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha�apai volcano near Tonga killed 3 people and left thousands without homes, supplies and internet.
3/5/2018, Hawaii�s Kilauea volcano began an intensive eruption, which continued throughout May.
17/4/2016, A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Tonga.
22/2/2011, Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake; 185 people died.
4/9/2010, Magnitude 7.1 earthquake near Christchurch, New Zealand.
29/9/2009, An 8.3 magnitude earthquake hit Samoa.
2/4/2007, An 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Solomon Islands.� 52 died and 6,000 were left homeless.
25/3/1998, A magnitude 8.1 earthquake was recorded in Antarctica, near Balleny Island. This was not attributable to fault activity and may have been caused by glacial rebound.
28/12/1989, A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Newcastle, New South Wales, killing 13 people and injuring 100.
21/1/1951, Mount Lamington, Papua New Guinea, erupted; at the time it was not realised that it was an extinct volcano. 3,000 died as hot ash clouds smothered the area.
3/2/1932. A severe earthquake hit New Zealand killing 256 people around Hawke�s Bay. Napier�s Bluff Hill, a substantial suburban peninsula, crumbled into the sea. A wide stretch of seabed, Ahuriri Lagoon, was raised in the quake and became 9,000 acres of dry land in a day.
3/2/1931, An earthquake devastated the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand killing at least 256.
13/3/1888, Volcanic eruption on Ritter Island (New Guinea), causing a large tsunami and obliterating most of the island itself.
10/6/1886, Mount Tarawera Volcano, New Zealand, erupted, killing 153 people and destroying the famous Pink and White terraces.
1855, Earthquake hit New Zealand.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions � Alaska, Aleutians
27/3/1964, Powerful earthquake, magnitude 9.2, hit southern Alaska, 300 died.
1/4/1946, Major earthquake in the Aleutian Islands.
6/6/1912, A huge volcanic eruption began at Mount Katmai, Alaska, creating the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Two cubic miles of rock was turned into dust and ash, and the volcvano�s height was reduced by 1,500 feet.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions � Canada, USA
5/7/2019, A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit California, the day after a magnitude 6.4 tremor in the same area.
23/8/2011, A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Virginia on August 23, 2011, near Mineral. The earthquake was reportedly felt as far away as Toronto, Canada, Atlanta, Georgia and Florida.
17/6/2005, A magnitude 6.7 earthquake, following on from a 5.3 quake the previous day, became the fourth quake since 12/6/2005 in California.
28/2/2001, A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the Nisqually Valley area of Washington State. One elderly person died of a heart attack.
25/1/1999, A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit western California, killing over 1,000 people.
17/1/1994. A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Northridge in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles.
28/6/1992. California had its strongest earthquake for 40 years. Measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale, the epicentre was in a sparsely-populated area of the Mojave Desert, 100 miles from Los Angeles, and the only casualty was a child killed by a falling chimney.
18/10/1989. San Francisco was hit by the Loma Prieta earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale. At least 273 people were killed and 650 injured. Many of the deaths occurred when the top deck of the Nimitz Freeway collapsed onto a lower road deck, crushing motorists.
1/10/1987, A 20-second earthquake hit Los Angeles, killing 7 and injuring 100. The 6.1 magnitude quake hit the morning rush hour at 7.40 am, and was the strongest in the area since 1971.
18/5/1980. Mount St Helens volcano erupted in the USA state of Washington, killing 100 people and causing US$ 3 billion in damage. A cloud of ash 2,500 miles long and 1,000 miles wide was created.
10/2/1971, An earthquake, 6.6 on the Richter Scale, hit Los Angeles, killing 64 people.
17/8/1959, Hebgen Lake earthquake, Yellowstone National Park, USA, 7.2 magnitude; 28 died in landslides.
22/3/1957. San Francisco was hit by the worst earthquake since the 1906 disaster.
2/10/1934, A magnitude 6 earthquake hit San Francisco, USA.
11/10/1911. Earthquake in California killed 700.
18/4/1906. Major earthquake hit San Francisco. Over 1,000 people were killed and large fires threatened upmarket homes on Nob Hill, after the water mains were destroyed in the quake. Overall, 3,000 acres of the city were devastated. The fire did more damage than the quake, it took 3 days to bring the blaze under control and 490 blocks were destroyed.
31/8/1886, Earthquake hit Charleston, USA. .27 were killed and 90% of the city�s buildings were damaged, with US$5 million incurred. However the city soon recovered.
21/10/1868, San Francisco was devastated by an earthquake, causing US$3million damage.
6/12/1811, A severe earthquake hit the Mississippi Valley. This was a geological animaly,being far from any known plate boundary.
26/1/1700, The Cascadia Earthquake, North America.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions � Mexico
19/9/2017, A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit central Mexico, killing 248.
7/9/2017, The most powerful earthquake for more than a century struck Tapachula, southern Mexico. The magnitude 8.2 quake killed at least 96 people.
19/9/1985, Major earthquake in Mexico resulted in 4,700 dead and 30,000 injured.� The quake measured 8.1 on the Richter Scale, killing 9,000 people and injuring a further 30,000. 95,000 were made homeless. A second quake the following day hampered rescue operations.
24/10/1980, A magnitude 6.4 earthqquake in Oaxaca, Mexico, killed 300.
28/8/1973. 500 killed in Mexican earthquake magnitude 6.2.
6/7/1964, Magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Guerrero, Mexico, killing 78.
28/7/1957, Magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Guerrero, Mexico, killing 65.
2/1943, A new volcano appeared at Paracutin, Mexico, erupting through cornfields and growing to a height of 820 feet.
3/6/1932, Magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Jalisco, Mexico, killed 400.
3/1/1920, Earthquake magnitude 7.8 in Vera Cruz, Mexico, killed 648.
7/6/1911. A severe earthquake shook Mexico City, killing over 100.
30/7/1909, Earthquake in Mexico; Acapulco destroyed.
17/1/1902. Earthquake in Mexico City killed 300.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions � Guatemala to Panama
3/6/2018, The Fuego volcano in Guatemala began erupting. After two days, mudslides had killed 25 and injured 250.
14/10/2014, A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit El Salvador and Nicaragua.
7/11/2012, Magnitude 7.3 earthquake in Guatemala killed 48 people.
13/2/2001, A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit El Salvador, killing at least 400.
13/1/2001, A magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit El Salvador.
10/10/1986, An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale hit San Salvador, killing some 1,500 people.
4/2/1976. A major earthquake devastated parts of Guatemala and Honduras, killing over 23,000 people.
25/12/1972. In Managua, Nicaragua, over 10,000 people were killed in an earthquake.
3/5/1965, Major earthquake hit San Salvador City, El Salvador.
29/12/1917, Earthquake in Guatemala City made 125,000 homeless.
5/5/1910. Earthquake in Nicaragua killed 500.
24/10/1902, The Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala began a 2-day eruption.
7/6/1773, Guatemala City was destroyed by an earthquake.
23/2/1770, Izalco Volcano, El Salvador, began an eruption that lasted for several decades.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions � Caribbean islands
14/8/2021, Haiti was struck by a ,magnitude 7.2 earthquake.
12/1/2010, A 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the most severe in 200 years, hit Haiti, killing over 316,000 and destroying the capital, Port au Prince. Over 1,000,000 were left homeless.
8/7/1995, Volcanic eruption began on the island of Montserrat.
11/10/1918, In Puerto Rico a major earthquake had an estimated magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter scale.
14/1/1907. Major quake hit Kingston, Jamaica. Most of the city was destroyed and over 1,000 died. On 22/1/1907 the islands British Governor rejected an offer of food and medical aid from the US navy.
8/5/1902. Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted, destroying the city of St Pierre and killing 30,000 people in just three minutes.
25/4/1902, A heavy fall of ash from Mont Pelee, Martinique, occurred.� This was a prelude to the major eruption of 8/5/1902.
1843, Earthquake hit Guadeloupe.
7/6/1692, Earthquake in Jamaica. 3,000 killed, as Port Royal subsided into the sea.
Volcanic eruptions � Atlantic islands
10/10/1961, A volcanic eruption on the southern Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha forced the evacuation of the entire population to Britain.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions � South America (Colombia to Tierra del Fuego)
21/8/2018, A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit northern Venezuela.
4/2016, 400 dead and 2,500 injured in a 7.8 magnitude earthquake affecting the coastal region of Ecuador.
16/4/2016, The most powerful quake for 70 years hit Ecuador, magnitude 7.8, killing over 500 and injuring 4,000.
2/4/2014, A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit just off the coast of northern Chile. Casualties were few as the resultant tsunami was small.
4/6/2011, Puyehue Volcano in Chile erupted, causing major flight chaos as far as Australia.
27/2/2010, A magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit Chile, killing 525.
14/11/2007, A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit Tocopilla, northern Chile
15/8/2007, A magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit Peru, killing 512 and injuring over 1,500.
7/6/1994, SW Colombia was hit by an earthquake that set off an avalanche. 1,000 died and many more were left homeless.
13/11/1985. Nevado del Ruiz, a volcano in Colombia, dormant since 1845, erupted, sending mudflows down into the town of Armero, killing almost all the population of 25,000.
31/5/1970. A major earthquake, magnitude 7.5, at Mount Huascaran in Peru, killed 70,000 people.
29/7/1967,An earthquake in Caracas, Venezuela killed 240.
28/3/1965. Major earthquake in Chile.
21/5/1960, Conception, Chile, was hit by an earthquake that killed 1,000 people and damaged 145,000 buildings,
15/1/1944, Major earthquake hit San Juan province, Argentina.
24/1/1939. In Chile, a major earthquake killed 30,000 in two cities.
20/5/1918, Severe earthquake in Chile.
16/8/1906. Severe earthquake killed 3,000 in Valparaiso, Chile. 100,000 were left homeless.
31/1/1906, Magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit the Colombia and Ecuador coasts.
16/5/1875, Earthquake affected Colombia and Venezuela; 16,000 killed.
13/8/1868, A major earthquake killed over 25,000 people and devastated four cities in Peru and Ecuador.
20/3/1861, The city of Mendoza, Argentina, was destroyed in an earthquake; 12,000 died.
22/3/1859. Major earthquake at Quito,5,000 killed.
20/2/1835, Earthquake destroyed Conception, Chile.
26/12/1812, A severe earthquake hit Barquismeto, a city in western Venezuela.
12/3/1812, A severe earthquake hit Caracas, capital of Venezuela.
4/2/1797, Major earthquake hit Riobamba, Ecuador, 41,000 dead.
28/10/1746, An earthquake destroyed the towns of Lima and Callao in Peru.
1724, Earthquake at Lima, 18,000 dead.
19/2/1600, The volcano Huaynaputina in South America underwent a violent eruption, the most severe recorded in South America.
16/12/1575, A large earthquake at Valdivia, Chile.