At least 8,669 people killed, 384 missing, 17,866 injured, 500,717 houses destroyed and 269,190 damaged in Nepal in this earthquake and the M 7.3 aftershock on May 12 at 07:05 UTC. Included in the casualties are 180 people killed from the collapse of Nepal's historic Dharahara Tower and 20 people killed and 120 injured from an avalanche at the Mount Everest Base Camp. Landslides occurred and roads and power lines damaged in Nepal. Felt (VIII) at Bhimeshwar, Kathmandu and Kirtipur; (VII) at Bhaktapur, Bharatpur, Bidur, Ghorahi, Lalitpur and Pokhara. Damage estimates exceed 5 billion US dollars. At least 78 people killed and 560 injured in India. Felt (VII) at Nautanwa and (VI) at Patna and Shiliguri. At least 25 people killed, 4 missing, 383 injured, 2,500 houses destroyed and 24,700 damaged in China. Four people killed, 200 injured and 17 buildings damaged in Bangladesh. Felt (V) at Bhaluka and (IV) at Dhaka, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Tangail and Tungi. Felt (IV) at Thimphu, Bhutan. Felt in much of western Bangladesh, northern India, central Nepal and parts of Bhutan. Felt as far as Kahuta, Pakistan.
Ninety-eight people injured and
considerable damage in southwestern Humboldt County.
Preliminary estimate of damage in this area from the series of
earthquakes is 66 million U.S. dollars. Maximum intensities
(VIII) at Ferndale, Honeydew, Petrolia, Rio Dell and Scotia;
(VII) at Fortuna and Loleta; (VI) at Eureka. Landslides and
rockfalls occurred in the Honeydew-Petrolia area. Liquefaction
was noted in areas of the Eel and Mattole River Valleys. Felt
throughout much of northern California as far south as San
Francisco and southeast to Carson City and Reno, Nevada. Also
felt in many areas of southern Oregon. Strong-motion records
indicate peak horizontal accelerations of 1.3g at Cape
Mendocino and 0.69g at Petrolia. A tsunami was generated with
maximum wave heights (peak-to-trough) of 1.1 m. at Crescent
City, 0.2 m. at Arena Cove and 0.17 m. at Pt. Reyes,
California; 0.2 m. at Port Orford, Oregon; 0.15 m. at Kahului
and 0.1 m. at Hilo, Hawaii.
One of the largest earthquakes in the United States.
M5.0 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1966
Local time: April 26.
10 were killed, 1,000 were injured,
and about 100,000 were left homeless.
28,000 buildings were destroyed, including 200 hospitals and clinics,
and 180 schools, in the Old Quarter of
Tashkent, the principal damage area.
Thousands of the ancient, one-story adobe
dwellings were flattened. Additional damage
was sustained from the hundreds of
aftershocks which followed.
Abridged from United States Earthquakes, 1966.