Magnitude 8 and Greater Earthquakes Since 1900

The lists and statistics on this webpage have not been updated since December 2012. Many of these will be updated and available when we have completed the transition into the new earthquake database. We hope to provide this sometime in 2015.

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  Date - UTC - Time Latitude Longitude Magnitude Fatalities Region
1. 2004-12-26 00:58 3.295 95.982 9.1 227,898 off the west coast of northern Sumatra
2. 2011-03-11 05:46:23 38.322 142.369 9.0 28,050 Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
3. 1934-01-15 08:43 27.55 87.09 8.1 10,700 Bihar, India
4. 1985-09-19 13:17 18.190 -102.533 8.0 9,500 Michoacan, Mexico
5. 1976-08-16 16:11 6.292 124.090 8.0 8,000 Mindanao, Philippines
6. 1945-11-27 21:57 24.5 63.0 8.0 4,000 off the coast of Pakistan
7. 1906-08-17 00:40 -33.0 -72.0 8.2 3,882 Valparaiso, Chile
8. 1933-03-02 17:31 39.22 144.62 8.4 2,990 Sanriku, Japan
9. 1960-05-22 19:11 -38.29 -73.05 9.5 1,655 Chile
10. 1950-08-15 14:09 28.5 96.5 8.6 1,526 Assam-Tibet
11. 1946-12-20 19:19 32.5 134.5 8.1 1,330 Nankaido, Japan
12. 2005-03-28 16:09 2.074 97.013 8.6 1,313 Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
13. 1944-12-07 04:35 33.75 136.00 8.1 1,223 Tonankai, Japan
14. 1906-01-31 15:36 1.0 -81.5 8.8 1,000 Colombia-Ecuador
15. 2007-08-15 23:40:57 -13.386 -76.603 8.0 650 Near the Coast of Central Peru
16. 1979-12-12 07:59 1.598 -79.358 8.1 600 near the coast of Ecuador
17. 2010-02-27 06:34:14 -35.846 -72.719 8.8 577 Offshore Maule, Chile
18. 2009-09-29 17:48:10 -15.489 -172.095 8.1 192 Samoa Islands region
19. 1985-03-03 22:47 -33.135 -71.871 8.0 177 offshore Valparaiso, Chile
20. 1996-02-17 05:59 -0.891 136.952 8.2 166 Irian Jaya region, Indonesia
21. 1946-04-01 12:28 52.75 -163.50 8.1 165 Unimak Islands, Alaska
22. 1966-10-17 21:41 -10.807 -78.684 8.1 125 near the coast of central Peru
23. 1964-03-28 03:36 61.02 -147.65 9.2 125 Prince William Sound, Alaska
24. 1977-08-19 06:08 -11.085 118.464 8.3 100 south of Sumbawa, Indonesia
25. 1946-08-04 17:51 19.25 -69.00 8.0 100 Dominican Republic
26. 1974-10-03 14:21 -12.254 -77.524 8.1 78 near the coast of central Peru
27. 2001-06-23 20:33 -16.264 -73.641 8.4 75 near the coast of southern Peru
28. 1948-01-24 17:46 10.5 122.0 8.2 72 Panay, Philippines
29. 1918-08-15 12:18 5.653 123.563 8.0 50 Celebes Sea
30. 1995-10-09 15:35 19.055 -104.205 8.0 49 Near Coast of Jalisco, Mexico
31. 1968-05-16 00:49 40.903 143.346 8.2 47 off the east coast of Honshu, Japan
32. 2007-04-01 20:39:58 -8.466 157.043 8.1 34 Solomon Islands
33. 1952-03-04 01:22 42.5 143.0 8.1 31 Hokkaido, Japan region
34. 1942-08-24 22:50 -15.0 -76.0 8.2 30 Off the coast of central Peru
35. 2007-09-12 11:10:26 -4.438 101.367 8.5 25 Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
36. 1943-04-06 16:07 -30.75 -72.0 8.2 18 off the coast of Coquimbo, Chile
37. 1911-06-15 14:26 28.0 130.0 8.1 12 Ryukyu Islands, Japan
38. 1994-10-04 13:22 43.773 147.321 8.3 11 Kuril Islands
39. 1994-06-09 00:33 -13.841 -67.553 8.2 5 La Paz, Bolivia
40. 1931-08-10 21:18 47.1 89.8 8.0 5 northern Xinjiang, China
41. 1995-07-30 05:11 -23.340 -70.294 8.0 3 Near Coast of Northern Chile
42. 2000-11-16 04:54 -3.980 152.169 8.0 2 New Ireland region, Papua New Guinea
43. 1959-05-04 07:15 53.351 159.645 8.2 1 near the east coast of Kamchatka

South Latitudes and West Longitudes are indicated by NEGATIVE numbers.

Source: USGS NEIC PDE catalog; Data are preliminary.