Earthquake rocks Pakistan: List of deadliest earthquakes in the past 30 years


A powerful 7.5 magnitude quake struck Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush region Monday and was felt throughout much of South Asia, injuring more than 100 people in neighbouring Pakistan according to a doctor.

The US Geological Survey put the epicentre near Jurm in northeast Afghanistan, 250 kilometres (160 miles) from the capital Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 km.

The quake, which lasted at least one minute, shook buildings in Kabul, Islamabad and New Delhi and sent people rushing into the streets.

More than 100 people were injured in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar, said Dr Muhammad Sadiq, the head of emergency services at a government hospital there.

“Many more injured are still coming to hospital. Many are still under rubble,” Sadiq told AFP.

Below is a list of some of the world’s strongest earthquakes in the past 30 years.

APRIL 25, 2015

A 7.8 magnitude quake in Nepal kills almost 8,900 people and destroys about half a million homes. A massive aftershock with a magnitude of 7.3 follows in May, killing dozens more.

AUGUST 11, 2012

Twin earthquakes with a magnitude 6.3 and 6.4 leave 306 dead and more than 3,000 injured near the Iranian city of Tabriz.

MARCH 11, 2011

Nearly 18,900 are killed when a tsunami triggered by a massive magnitude 9.0 undersea quake slams into the northeast coast of Japan, triggering a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant.

OCTOBER 23, 2011

An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude rocks eastern Turkey, leaving more than 600 dead and at least 4,150 injured.

JANUARY 12, 2010

Magnitude 7.0 quake hits Haiti, leaving between 250,000 and 300,000 dead.

APRIL 14, 2010

A 6.9-magnitude quake hits Yushu county in northwest China’s Qinghai province leaving 3,000 people dead and missing.

MAY 12, 2008

A quake measuring 8.0 hits China’s southwest province of Sichuan, leaving more than 87,000 people dead or missing.

MAY 27, 2006

A powerful quake in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta region kills 6,000 and leaves 1.5 million homeless.

OCTOBER 8, 2005

An earthquake of 7.6 kills more than 75,000 people, the vast majority of them in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province and the Pakistani-administered zone of Kashmir state. Some 3.5 million are displaced.

MARCH 28, 2005

An earthquake on Indonesia’s Nias Island off Sumatra leaves 900 dead.

DECEMBER 26, 2004

A massive undersea earthquake off the Coast of Sumatra Island triggers a tsunami which kills 220,000 in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

DECEMBER 26, 2003

A quake measuring 6.7 hits the Iranian city of Bam, killing at least 31,884 people and injuring 18,000.

JANUARY 26, 2001

A massive 7.7 earthquake hits the western Indian state of Gujarat, killing 25,000 people and injuring 166,000.

SEPTEMBER 30, 1993

A 6.3-magnitude quake hits the western Indian state of Maharashtra, killing 7,601.

OCTOBER 20, 1991

A quake measuring 6.6 hits the Himalayan foothills of Uttar Pradesh state in India, killing 768.

AUGUST 20, 1988

A magnitude 6.8 quake hits eastern Nepal, killing 721 people in Nepal and at least 277 in the neighboring Indian state of Bihar.

News source: AFP

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