Earthquake Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: US Geological Survey Earthquake, FEMA
Research Date: 1.1.2014
An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves. At the Earth’s surface, earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and sometimes displacement of the ground. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced sufficiently to cause a tsunami. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides, and occasionally volcanic activity.
Earthquake Statistics
Total Number of Earthquakes per year with 8 or Higher Magnitude 1
Total Number of Earthquakes per year with magnitude between 7-7.9 18
Total Number of Earthquakes per year with magnitude between 6-6.9 120
Total Number of Earthquakes per year with magnitude between 5-5.9 800
Total Number of Earthquakes per year with magnitude between 4-4.9 6,200
Total Number of Earthquakes per year with magnitude between 3-3.9 49,000
Largest Recorded U.S. Earthquake 9.2
Largest Recorded Earthquake in the World 9.5
Total number of detectable Earthquakes in the world yearly 5000,000
Total number of Earthquakes in California each year 10,000
Total depth at which most Earthquakes take place 50 miles
Earthquake Disaster Statistics from 1980 – 2008
No of events: 706
No of people killed: 385,630
Average people killed per year: 13,298
No of people affected: 136,333,515
Average people affected per year: 4,701,156
Economic Damage (US$ X 1,000): $351,079,755,000
Economic Damage per year (US$ X 1,000): $12,106,198,000
Affected People Date Affected
China 2008 45,976,596
India 1988 20,003,766
India 2001 6,321,812
Pakistan 2005 5,128,000
China 1996 5,077,795
Indonesia 2006 3,177,923
China 1999 3,020,004
Japan 1983 2,550,028
Mexico 1985 2,130,204
China 2000 1,855,007
Earthquake Deaths Date Killed
China 2008 87,476
Pakistan 2005 73,338
Iran 1990 40,000
Iran 2003 26,796
Soviet Union 1988 25,000
India 2001 20,005
Turkey 1999 17,127
India 1993 9,748
Mexico 1985 9,500
Indonesia 2006 5,778
Economic Damage Costs Date Cost
Japan 1995 $100,000,000,000
United States 1994 $30,000,000,000
Japan 2004 $28,000,000,000
China 2008 $20,000,000,000
Italy 1980 $20,000,000,000
Turkey 1999 $20,000,000,000
Taiwan (China) 1999 $14,100,000,000
Soviet Union 1988 $14,000,000,000
Japan 2007 $12,500,000,000
Iran 1990 $8,000,000,000
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