Turkey and Syria are reeling as the death toll continues to rise following Monday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, with more than 7,000 people killed in both countries.
Compared to other major earthquakes around the world, the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami – in which more than 22,000 people were killed or missing – registered a magnitude of 9.1.
That incident left a trail of widespread destruction after walls of water engulfed entire cities, washed away homes onto highways and caused the country’s worst-ever nuclear disaster.
It is estimated that a year earlier, in 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti killed between 220,000 to 300,000. Another 300,000 people were injured and millions were displaced.
In 2004, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 9.1 hit the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, causing a tsunami that left 227,898 people dead or missing and presumed dead.
The strongest earthquake on record was a magnitude 9.5 in Chile in 1960, according to the US Geological Survey.
Global ranking of deadliest earthquakes (with more than 5,000 dead) since 2002:
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Source: CNN Brasil
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