The Top 5 Deadliest Earthquakes

  Location Date Magnitude Fatalities
1 Haiti Jan 12th, 2010 7.0 316,000 deaths
2 Tangshan, China July 27th, 1976 7.5 242,769 deaths
3 Sumatra, Indonesia Dec 26th, 2004 9.1 227,898 deaths
4 Haiyuan, Ningxia (Ning-hsia), China Dec 16th, 1920 7.8 200,000 deaths
5 Kanto (Kwanto), Japan Aug 1st, 1920 7.9 142,800 deaths
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Sources:  United Sates Geological Survey: "Earthquakes with 1,000 or More Deaths 1900-2014".

List Notes: Data is the top 5 earthquakes that have caused the most fatalities from the years 1900 to 2014. Deaths can be attributed directly to the earthquake or at times, to a resulting tsunami (such as the case in Sumatra). Exact death tolls can be difficult to calculate even in modern times and these figures should be considered as near estimates.
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