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M7.9 - Mindanao, Philippines, 1976

One of the world's deadliest earthquakes. The earthquake occurred near the west coast of Mindanao, about 950 kilometers south of Manila. A tsunami was generated in the Moro Gulf causing considerable damage and loss of life. It is estimated that the earthquake and tsunami killed 5,000 to 8,0000 people, injured many, and left a number homeless. The main shock was followed by a major aftershock 12 hours later, which caused additional damage. Many aftershocks followed in the magnitude 6.0 and lower range.
From Significant Earthquakes of the World 1976, and Earthquake Information Bulletin, Volume 9, Number 1.

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