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10 Largest Quakes -  Worldwide

This page lists the 10 largest earthquakes around the world since 1900. Earthquakes are listed based on instrumentally determined moment magnitude (Mw). Please note that the official magnitude of the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake is 9.1 (Mw) and was determined instrumentally. This magnitude alone can be compared with other magnitudes on this listing that were also determined instrumentally in order to maintain uniformity of this listing.

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Date

Mw

Latitute

Longitude

Location

1

22 May 1960

9.5

-38.05

-73.34

Southern Chile

2

28 March 1964

9.2

61.10

-147.60

Prince William Sound, USA

3

26 December 2004

9.1

03.29

95.98

Sumatra-Andaman arc

4

4 November 1952

9.0

52.75

159.50

Kamchatka, Russia

6

27 February 2010

8.8

01.00

-81.30

Off the coast of Ecuador

5

31 January 1906

8.8

01.00

-81.30

Off the coast of Ecuador

7

4 February 1965

8.7

51.30

178.60

Rat Islands, USA

8

28 March 2005

8.7

01.64

96.98

Nias, Indonesia

9

15 August 1950

8.6

28.38

96.76

Chayu (Zayu)-Upper Assam

10

9 March 1957

8.6

51.63

-175.41

Andreanof Islands, USA

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