Today in Earthquake History

Earthquake History for February 21st

  • M6.1 - New Zealand, 2011

    At least 181 people killed, 1,500 injured and about 100,000 buildings destroyed or damaged (VIII) in the Christchurch-Lyttleton area. Landslides and liquefaction occurred in the area. Felt in much of Canterbury and as far as Invercargill and Palmerston North.
  •  M7.5 - Peru, 1996

    Four fishermen killed near Chimbote and three others missing near Callao from a regional tsunami. Two people injured at Coishco. About 150 beach huts, some homes and small boats were destroyed by waves in the Chimbote area. Felt (IV) at Chimbote and Huarmey; (III) at Casma; (II) at Huacho and Huaraz.
    From Significant Earthquakes of the World 1996
  •  M6.7 - Bering Sea, 1991

    Two events about 3.7 seconds apart. Believed to be the largest earthquake ever located in this area. Felt (IV) on St. Paul in the Pribilof Islands, Alaska. Felt (III) on Adak in the Andreanof Islands, Alaska. A small tsunami was generated with maximum wave heights (peak-to-trough) of 30 cm. at Dutch Harbor and 22 cm at Adak.
    From Significant Earthquakes of the World 1991.
  •  M5.2 - North Carolina, 1916

    The largest historical earthquake in North Carolina.

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