20 Of The Most Terrifying Earthquakes To Shake Mother Earth

Tangshan, China

In 1976, Tangshan, China was hit by an earthquake that caused the deaths of 225,000 people. The Chinese government recorded their death toll as 655,000 the first time, though. The quake only lasted for 10 seconds, but had a magnitude of 8.2.

Haiyuan County, China

The quake in Haiyuan County, China, on December 16th, 1920 has been dubbed ‘the 1920 Gansu Earthqauke. The quakes were felt across 125 miles, and aftershocks lasted for around 3 years. The death toll was between 200,000 and 240,000.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

In 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. At least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or more could be felt during the following two weeks. Around 316,000 people died, 300,000 were injured, and nearly 1,000,000 left homeless after the majority of the city was destroyed.

Xining, China

Xining, China, lies along the Huangshui River where a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck in May of 1927. 40,900 people died, but reports of a death toll around 200,000 were recorded. Damages to over 500 local schools and office buildings meant many were out of jobs, affecting the economy greatly.