Japan Earthquake fifth largest earthquake since 1900


A man looks at the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato town, in Iwate Prefecture. (Kyodo/Reuters)

The earthquake that hit the northeast coast of Japan early Friday morning was the fifth largest recorded earthquake since 1900. The United States Geographical Survey has recorded earthquake magnitudes since 1900. It has not yet updated its list of the world’s worst earthquakes to reflect the latest one in Japan. As the quake has a magnitude of 8.9, it would make it the fifth largest on the list.

Here is the full list of the top 15

Chile, 1960 9.5 magnitude

Prince William Sound, Alaska, 1964 9.2 magnitude

Northern Sumatra, 2004 9.1 magnitude

Kamchatka, 1952 9.0 magnitude

Japan, 2011: 8.9 magnitude

Chile, 2010 8.8 magnitude

Ecuador, 1906 8.8 magnitude

Alaska, 1965 8.7 magnitude

Northern Sumatra, 2005 8.6 magnitude

Assam and Tibet, 1950 8.6 magnitude

Andreanof Islands, Alaska, 1957 8.6 magnitude

Southern Sumatra, 2007 8.5 magnitude

Banda Sea, Indonesia, 1938 8.5 magnitude

Kamchatka, 1923 8.5 magnitude

Chile and Argentina, 1922 8.5

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