Earthquakes in 2005

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Earthquakes in 2005
Strongest
magnitude
Indonesia Sumatra Earthquake
8.7 Mw
Deadliest Pakistan Pakistan Earthquake
7.5 Mw
Total fatalities ~86,000
2006 →

To prevent this list from becoming unmanageable, only earthquakes of magnitude 6 or above are included, unless they are notable for some other reason.

By month[edit]

January[edit]

  • Indonesia Northern Sumatra was struck by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that occurred on January 1.
  • Iran Gorgan, Iran was struck by a magnitude 5.4 earthquake that occurred on January 10. There were no fatalities, but at least 110 people were injured.
  • Turkey Western Turkey was struck by a magnitude 5.5 earthquake that occurred on January 10. One person was injured.
  • The Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge was struck by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that occurred on January 12.
  • Federated States of Micronesia The Caroline Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake that occurred on January 16.
  • Japan Honshu was struck by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake that occurred on January 19. A tsunami with a wave height of 30 cm.
  • Indonesia Sulawesi was struck by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that occurred on January 23. One person was killed and four injured.
  • China Yunnan was struck by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake that occurred on January 25. Three people were injured.
  • Turkey-Iraq The Turkey-Iraq border was struck by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that occurred on January 25. Two people killed and 22 injured. 80 buildings were damaged.

February[edit]

  • Indonesia Java was struck by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake that occurred on February 2. One person killed and many injured.
  • Northern Mariana Islands Mariana Islands was struck by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake that occurred on February 5.
  • Philippines Mindanao was struck by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that occurred on February 5.
  • Vanuatu Vanuatu was struck by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that occurred on February 8.
  • China Xinjiang was struck by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that occurred on February 14. At least 6,000 homes destroyed or damaged.
  • Indonesia Kepulauan Talaud was struck by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that occurred on February 15.
  • Japan Honshu was struck by a magnitude 5.5 earthquake that occurred on February 15. Seven people were injured.
  • Iran Central Iran was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that occurred on February 22. 612 dead, 1,411 injured. 4 villages were completely destroyed, and 30% to 70% of buildings in more than 40 villages were reported damaged.
  • Indonesia Simeulue was struck by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that occurred on February 26.

March[edit]

  • Indonesia Banda Sea was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that occurred on March 2.
  • Pakistan Quetta was struck by a magnitude 4.9 earthquake that occurred on March 2, injuring 1 person.
  • Taiwan Taiwan was struck by a magnitude 5.7 earthquake that occurred on March 5, injuring 2 people.
  • South Africa South Africa was struck by a magnitude 5.0 earthquake that occurred on March 9, killing 2 people and injuring 58.
  • India India was struck by a magnitude 4.9 earthquake that occurred on March 14, injuring 16 people.
  • Japan Fukuoka was struck by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake that occurred on March 20, killing 1 person.
  • Indonesia Sumatra was struck by a magnitude 8.7 earthquake that occurred on March 28, killing +1,000 people.

April[edit]

  • Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that occurred on April 10.
  • New Caledonia Loyalty Islands was struck by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that occurred on April 11.
  • Japan Kyushu was struck by a magnitude 5.5 earthquake that occurred on April 19, injuring 58.

May[edit]

  • Iran Iran was struck by a magnitude 4.9 earthquake that occurred on May 3.
  • Panama Panama was struck by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that occurred on May 5.
  • New Zealand Kermadec Islands was struck by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake that occurred on May 16.
  • South Africa South Africa was struck by a magnitude 4.3 earthquake that occurred on May 23. Nineteen miners injured in a mine collapse at Carletonville.

June[edit]

  • Papua New Guinea New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that occurred on June 4, killing one person and many houses destroyed.
  • Turkey Eastern Turkey was struck by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake that occurred on June 6, five people were seriously injured.
  • United States California was struck by a magnitude 5.2 earthquake that occurred on June 12, several small rockslides occurred on Highway 74.
  • Chile Tarapacá Region was struck by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that occurred on June 13, killing 10 people.
  • Alaska Rat Islands was struck by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that occurred on June 14.
  • United States California was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that occurred on June 15. A tsunami was generated with maximum recorded wave heights of 26 cm at Crescent City.

July[edit]

  • Nicaragua Managua was struck by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that occurred on July 2.
  • Indonesia Indonesia was struck by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that occurred on July 5. Many buildings were damaged.
  • South Africa South Africa was struck by a magnitude 2.7 earthquake that occurred on July 5. One miner killing in Carletonville.
  • Japan Tokyo was struck by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that occurred on July 23, injuring 27 people and damaging one building.
  • India Nicobar Islands was struck by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that occurred on July 24. Many buildings were damaged.
  • China Heilongjiang was struck by a magnitude 5.0 earthquake that occurred on July 25, killing one person.
  • United States Dillon, Montana was struck by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake that occurred on July 25, with minor to moderate damage to dozens of buildings, and felt throughout much of the inter-mountain West.

August[edit]

  • China Yunnan was struck by a magnitude 5.2 earthquake that occurred on August 5, injuring 9 people.
  • China Yunnan was struck by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake that occurred on August 13, injuring 26 people.
  • Japan Honshu was struck by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that occurred on August 16, injuring 39 people.
  • Japan Honshu was struck by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake that occurred on August 21, injuring 2 people.

September[edit]

  • Papua New Guinea New Ireland was struck by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake that occurred on September 9.
  • Ethiopia Ethiopia was struck by a magnitude 5.5 earthquake that occurred on September 24. A 500- meter wide zone of tensional fissures and normal faults up to 3 km long was observed in the Dabbahu area. Displacement on some scarps was as much as 1 meter. Dabbahu Volcano began erupting, with the largest eruption occurring on September 26. An estimated 6,500 people were displaced, about 1,000 livestock were killed and roads and water facilities were damaged by the eruption.
  • Peru Lamas was struck by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that occurred on September 26, killing 6 people.
  • Papua New Guinea New Britain was struck by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake that occurred on September 29.

October[edit]

  • Peru Moquegua was struck by a magnitude 5.3 earthquake that occurred on October 1, injuring 12 people.
  • Pakistan Pakistan was struck by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake that occurred on October 8, killing +85,000. Felt in Afghanistan and India. It was the strongest earthquake in the region in more than a century.
  • Pakistan Kashmir was struck by a magnitude 5.2 earthquake that occurred on October 15, killing 2 people. Felt in Islamabad.
  • Japan Tokyo was struck by a magnitude 5.0 earthquake that occurred on October 16, injuring 2 people.
  • China Guangxi was struck by a magnitude 4.2 earthquake that occurred on October 27, killing 1 person.

November[edit]

  • Japan Honshu was struck by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that occurred on November 14.
  • Chile Calama was struck by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that occurred on November 17.
  • China Jiangxi was struck by a magnitude 5.2 earthquake that occurred on November 26, killing 16 people.
  • Iran Iran was struck by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that occurred on November 27, killing 13 people.

December[edit]

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo-Tanzania Congo-Tanzania border was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that occurred on December 5, killing 3 people.
  • Afghanistan Hindu Kush was struck by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that occurred on December 12, killing 5 people.
  • Fiji Fiji was struck by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that occurred on December 13.
  • India Uttarakhand was struck by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred on December 14, killing 1 person.
  • Japan Honshu was struck by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake that occurred on December 24, injuring 1 person.

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