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See which were the deadliest earthquakes of this century

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:

Year Country Magnitude dead injured homeless
damage cost
2010 Haiti 7 222,570 300,000 Unknown $11 trillion
2004 Indonesia 9 165,708 Unknown 532,898 $7 trillion
2008 China 8 87,476 366,596 Unknown $116 trillion
2005 Pakistan 8 73,338 128,309 5,000,000 $8 trillion
2004 Sri Lanka 9 35,399 23,176 480,000 $2 trillion
2003 Will 7 26,796 22,628 45,000 $1 trillion
2011 Japan 9 19,846 5,933 Unknown
$273 trillion
2004 India 9 16,389 6,913 Unknown $2 trillion
2015 Nepal 8 8,831 17,932 Unknown $6 trillion
2004 thailand 9 8,345 8,457 Unknown $2 trillion
2023 Turkey/Syria 8 7,200 35,600 Unknown Unknown
2006 Indonesia 6 5,778 137,883 699,295 $5 trillion

Source: CNN Brasil

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