Top Five Strongest Earthquakes Since Richter Scale
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Top Five Strongest Earthquakes Since Richter Scale

This is an article about the top five earthquakes since the Richter scale was invented. There is a pattern to were these occur, and what these unstoppable monsters create. Earthquakes like these cannot be predicted, so stay alert. Our possessions could be lost in the blink of an eye to a force that is bigger than all of us, Earth.

The Richter scale that labels earthquakes from magnitude 0 to 10, was created by Charles Richter in 1935. This gave every earthquake known to man a specific intensity, 0 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Since the making of this scale, 5 earthquakes have been above 9.0. These are the five that have happened and may happen again soon. The earth is always moving, and pressure is always building. These are catastrophic releases of tension in the tectonic plates that have happened in the last decade.

Number five is a 9.0 that happened of the coast of Kamchatcka. This occurred on November 4, 1952. The area of the north west pacific was devastated by this earthquake, and the tsunami that followed. The wave was as high as 13 meters in the general area, and elsewhere in the pacific, waves were reported as high as over 3 meters. This earthquake had a total property damage of $900,000.

Number four is the most recent one that hit Japan. On March 11, 2011, a staggering 9.0 earthquake shook the island nation. It struck just of the coast near Honshu. The tsunami was massive. It was a 37.88 meter wall of water. It was so powerful that it generated a whirlpool in a harbor and knocked ice off of an ice shelf in Antarctica. It even created a nuclear crisis that displaced thousands of citizens. The wave was reported at 2 feet everywhere else in the pacific ocean. Altogether, 15,703 people were killed, and 130,927 people were displaced. Japan suffered a $309,000,000 loss.

Number three is the powerful 9.1 that hit Sumatra on December 26, 2004. Better known for it tsunami, this one shook all of the Indian Ocean. The tsunami had heights over 30 meters in some places. This tsunami even raised the water gauges in North America. This earthquake even caused a volcano to become active. A total of 227, 898 people were killed and 1.7 million were displaced.

Number two happened at Prince Williams Sound, Alaska on march 28, 1964. Also known as the good Friday earthquake, this tremor was classified as a 9.2. The only good thing about this earthquake was that it hit an unpopulated area. It killed 128 people, and knocked apart some glaciers. It had a massive 67 meter tsunami that was felt all the way in Cuba.

Number one is the only one that is known to have shook the whole earth. This one was a magnitude 9.5, and happened four years before the Alaskan earthquake mentioned above. On may 22, 1960, this quake erupted 1000 km of fault of the coast of Chile. The tsunami was 25 meters tall, and was felt across the pacific ocean. It caused a volcano to erupt a few days later. This quake killed over 2,000 and displaced nearly 2 million. The damage amounted up to $675,500,000. This is the big one, and only happens half a decade ago.

Out of all five, four of these are around a highly active region called the ring of fire. More earthquakes and volcanoes plague this ring on the Pacific more than anywhere else in the world. These quakes have happened once, and will probably happen again, but the unstoppable act of nature can never be pinpointed. No one Knows when or were it will hit, so be prepared for anything.

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