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
1960/05/22 19:11 -38.29 -73.05 9.5 1655 Chile
1964/03/28 03:36 61.02 -147.65 9.2 125 Prince William Sound, Alaska
2004/12/26 00:58 3.295 95.982 9.1 227898 off the west coast of northern Sumatra
2011/03/11 05:46:23 38.322 142.369 9.0 28050 Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
1952/11/04 16:58 52.76 160.06 9.0 Kamchatka, Russia
2010/02/27 06:34:14 -35.846 -72.719 8.8 577 Offshore Maule, Chile
1906/01/31 15:36 1.0 -81.5 8.8 1000 Colombia-Ecuador
1965/02/04 05:01 51.21 -178.50 8.7 Rat Islands, Alaska
2005/03/28 16:09 2.074 97.013 8.6 1313 Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
1957/03/09 14:22 51.56 -175.39 8.6 Andreanof Islands, Alaska
1950/08/15 14:09 28.5 96.5 8.6 1526 Assam-Tibet
2007/09/12 11:10:26 -4.438 101.367 8.5 25 Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
1963/10/13 05:17 44.9 149.6 8.5 Kuril Islands
1938/02/01 19:04 -5.05 131.62 8.5 Banda Sea
1923/02/03 16:01 54.0 161.0 8.5 Kamchatka
1922/11/11 04:32 -28.553 -70.755 8.5 Chile-Argentina Border
2001/06/23 20:33 -16.264 -73.641 8.4 75 near the coast of southern Peru
1933/03/02 17:31 39.22 144.62 8.4 2990 Sanriku, Japan
1917/06/26 05:49 -15.0 -173.0 8.4 Tonga
1905/07/23 02:46 49.0 98.0 8.4 central Mongolia
1905/07/09 09:40 49.0 99.0 8.4 Mongolia
2006/11/15 11:14 46.592 153.226 8.3 Kuril Islands
2003/09/25 19:50 41.815 143.910 8.3 Hokkaido, Japan region
1994/10/04 13:22 43.773 147.321 8.3 11 Kuril Islands
1977/08/19 06:08 -11.085 118.464 8.3 100 south of Sumbawa, Indonesia
1958/11/06 22:58 44.329 148.623 8.3 Kuril Islands
1924/04/14 16:20 7.023 125.954 8.3 Mindanao, Philippines
1903/08/11 04:32 36.36 22.97 8.3 southern Greece
1996/02/17 05:59 -0.891 136.952 8.2 166 Irian Jaya region, Indonesia
1994/06/09 00:33 -13.841 -67.553 8.2 5 La Paz, Bolivia
1969/08/11 21:27 43.478 147.815 8.2 Kuril Islands
1968/05/16 00:49 40.903 143.346 8.2 47 off the east coast of Honshu, Japan
1959/05/04 07:15 53.351 159.645 8.2 1 near the east coast of Kamchatka
1948/01/24 17:46 10.5 122.0 8.2 72 Panay, Philippines
1943/04/06 16:07 -30.75 -72.0 8.2 18 off the coast of Coquimbo, Chile
1942/08/24 22:50 -15.0 -76.0 8.2 30 Off the coast of central Peru
1941/11/25 18:03 37.171 -18.960 8.2 Azores-Cape St. Vincent Ridge
1940/05/24 16:33 -10.5 -77.0 8.2 near the Coast of central Peru
1938/11/10 20:18 55.33 -158.37 8.2 Shumagin Islands, Alaska
1919/04/30 07:17 -19.823 -172.215 8.2 Tonga region
1918/09/07 17:16 45.5 151.5 8.2 Kuril Islands
1908/12/12 12:08 -14.0 -78.0 8.2 off the coast of central Peru
1906/08/17 00:40 -33.0 -72.0 8.2 3882 Valparaiso, Chile
2009/09/29 17:48:10 -15.489 -172.095 8.1 192 Samoa Islands region
2007/04/01 20:39:58 -8.466 157.043 8.1 34 Solomon Islands
2007/01/13 04:23:21 46.243 154.524 8.1 East of the Kuril Islands
2004/12/23 14:59 -49.312 161.345 8.1 north of Macquarie Island
1998/03/25 03:12 -62.877 149.527 8.1 Balleny Islands region
1989/05/23 10:54 -52.341 160.568 8.1 Macquarie Island region
1979/12/12 07:59 1.598 -79.358 8.1 600 near the coast of Ecuador
1977/06/22 12:08 -22.878 -175.900 8.1 Tonga region
1974/10/03 14:21 -12.254 -77.524 8.1 78 near the coast of central Peru
1971/01/10 07:17 -3.132 139.697 8.1 Papua, Indonesia
1966/10/17 21:41 -10.807 -78.684 8.1 125 near the coast of central Peru
1957/12/04 03:37 45.15 99.21 8.1 Gobi-Altai, Mongolia
1952/03/04 01:22 42.5 143.0 8.1 31 Hokkaido, Japan region
1949/08/22 04:01 53.62 -133.27 8.1 Queen Charlotte Island, B.C., Canada
1946/12/20 19:19 32.5 134.5 8.1 1330 Nankaido, Japan
1946/04/01 12:28 52.75 -163.50 8.1 165 Unimak Islands, Alaska
1944/12/07 04:35 33.75 136.00 8.1 1223 Tonankai, Japan
1934/01/15 08:43 27.55 87.09 8.1 10700 Bihar, India
1932/06/03 10:36 19.84 -103.99 8.1 Jalisco, Mexico
1911/06/15 14:26 28.0 130.0 8.1 12 Ryukyu Islands, Japan
2007/08/15 23:40:57 -13.386 -76.603 8.0 650 Near the Coast of Central Peru
2006/05/03 15:26 -20.187 -174.123 8.0 Tonga
2000/11/16 04:54 -3.980 152.169 8.0 2 New Ireland region, Papua New Guinea
1995/10/09 15:35 19.055 -104.205 8.0 49 Near Coast of Jalisco, Mexico
1995/07/30 05:11 -23.340 -70.294 8.0 3 Near Coast of Northern Chile
1986/05/07 22:47 51.520 -174.776 8.0 Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
1985/09/19 13:17 18.190 -102.533 8.0 9500 Michoacan, Mexico
1985/03/03 22:47 -33.135 -71.871 8.0 177 offshore Valparaiso, Chile
1976/08/16 16:11 6.292 124.090 8.0 8000 Mindanao, Philippines
1970/07/31 17:08 -1.49 -72.56 8.0 Colombia
1946/08/04 17:51 19.25 -69.00 8.0 100 Dominican Republic
1945/11/27 21:57 24.5 63.0 8.0 4000 off the coast of Pakistan
1939/04/30 02:55 -10.5 158.5 8.0 Solomon Islands
1931/08/10 21:18 47.1 89.8 8.0 5 northern Xinjiang, China
1928/06/17 03:19 16.33 -96.7 8.0 Oaxaca, Mexico
1920/09/20 14:39 -20.0 168.0 8.0 Loyalty Islands
1920/06/05 04:21 23.5 122.0 8.0 Taiwan region
1918/08/15 12:18 5.653 123.563 8.0 50 Celebes Sea
1917/05/01 18:26 -29.0 -177.0 8.0 Kermadec Islands, New Zealand
1915/05/01 05:00 47. 155. 8.0 Kurile Islands
1914/05/26 14:22 -2. 137. 8.0 West New Guinea
1907/10/21 04:23 38.00 69.00 8.0 Afghanistan
1903/01/04 05:07 -20.00 -175.00 8.0 Tonga
1902/06/11 05: 50.00 148.00 8.0 Sea of Okhotsk

South Latitudes and West Longitudes are indicated by NEGATIVE numbers.

Source: USGS NEIC PDE catalog; Data are preliminary.