Biggest Earthquakes in the World

List of the 20 Biggest Earthquakes in the World, in a ranking in which Lisbon is present.

List of Biggest Earthquakes in the World

The definition of this list of the largest earthquakes in the world is based on the measurement of the earthquake’s impact on the epicenter, using the Richter scale. Part of the values ​​found are estimates, however, in this order of magnitude it is understood that they are earthquakes of high magnitude. The biggest earthquake in the world happened in Chile, in 1950. The 2nd biggest earthquake in the world had bigger repercussions in Alaska while the 3rd biggest earthquake in the world in magnitude, happened in 2004, in Southeast Asia, in one of the most catastrophic earthquakes that there is memory. The United States of America and Southeast Asia are the areas most prone to earthquakes. Portugal is not the case but it is represented in this list of the 10 biggest earthquakes, with the earthquake that devastated Lisbon in 1755.

10th earthquake in Sumatra

In 1833, one of the many earthquakes that struck Sumatra occurred, an area prone to these phenomena. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami that took the lives of thousands of people.

Earthquake in Sumatra

9th Chittagong Earthquake

In 1762, one of the biggest earthquakes in the world happened in Bangladesh, especially in the Bay of Bengal, where a tsunami appeared that claimed the lives of 200 people.

8th Earthquake in California

In the early 1700s, this earthquake affected the entire west coast of North America, reaching as far as Japan, with a tsunami.

7th Lisbon Earthquake

With an estimated projection of between 8.5 and 9.0, the 1755 earthquake was one of the most devastating ever, with more than 100,000 deaths.

6th Earthquake in Arica

In 1868, one of the biggest earthquakes in the world affected much of South America, especially Chile and Peru.

5th Earthquake in Kamchatka

In 1952, this earthquake of 9.0 had its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean and then gave rise to several tsunamis. More than 2000 deaths happened due to this devastating earthquake.

4th Tohuku Earthquake

With a record of 9.1 on the Richter scale, one of the biggest earthquakes in the world put Japan in a panic, due to several nuclear accidents at Fukushima Power Station.

3rd earthquake in Sumatra

In 2004, one of the most devastating earthquakes occurred and also one of the largest earthquakes in magnitude, followed by tsunamis. Virtually all countries bordering the Indian Ocean suffered from this catastrophe.

2nd Alaska Earthquake

In 1964, for about 5 minutes, an earthquake measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale hit Alaska, killing more than 100 people.

1st earthquake in Valdivia

It was in 1960 that the largest earthquake in the world occurred in magnitude, with an impact of 9.4 on the Richter scale. Valdivia was the city most affected by an earthquake that even reached Japan.

List of the 20 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Position Place Country Magnitude (Richter scale)
1 Valdivia Chile 9.4
2 alaska USA 9.2
3 Sumatra Indonesia 9.1
4 tohuku Japan 9.1
5 Kamchatka Russia 9.0
6 arica Chile 9.0
7 Lisbon Portugal 9.0
8 California USA 8.9
9 chittagong Bangladesh 8.8
10 Sumatra Indonesia 8.8
11 Ecuador/Colombia Ecuador/Colombia 8.8
12 Chile Chile 8.8
13 Assam/Tibet India/China 8.7
14 Shikoku Japan 8.7
15 Valparaiso Chile 8.7
16 rat islands USA 8.7
17 lime Peru 8.6
18 oaxaca Mexico 8.6
19 alaska USA 8.6
20 Sumatra Indonesia 8.6