1995 Neftegorsk earthquake

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1995 Neftegorsk earthquake
1995 Neftegorsk earthquake is located in Far Eastern Federal District
1995 Neftegorsk earthquake
Date May 27, 1995 (1995-05-27)
Origin time 13:03 UTC [1]
Magnitude 7.1 Mw [1]
Depth 33 km (21 mi) [2]
Epicenter 52°36′N 142°48′E / 52.6°N 142.8°E / 52.6; 142.8Coordinates: 52°36′N 142°48′E / 52.6°N 142.8°E / 52.6; 142.8 [1]
Type Strike-slip
Areas affected Russia
Casualties 1,989 [1]
1995 Neftegorsk earthquake monument at the Yuzhno Sakhalinsk

The 1995 Neftegorsk earthquake occurred on May 27 at 23:03 local time with a moment magnitude of 7.1 that devastated the settlement of Neftegorsk on northern Sakhalin Island in Russia. Neftegorsk was nearly completely destroyed, and almost 2,000 of the 3,176 residents in the town were killed. The shock was the result of 40 km (25 mi) of right-lateral slip (breaking south to north) with the rupture passing right under Neftegorsk.


  1. ^ a b c d Utsu, T. R. (2002), "A List of Deadly Earthquakes in the World: 1500-2000", International Handbook of Earthquake & Engineering Seismology, Part A, Volume 81A (First ed.), Academic Press, p. 709, ISBN 978-0124406520 
  2. ^ Katsumata, K.; Kasahara, M.; Ichiyanagi, M.; Kikuchi, M.; Sen, R.; Kim, C.; Ivaschenko, A.; Tatevossian, R. (2004). "The 27 May 1995 Ms 7.6 Northern Sakhalin Earthquake: An Earthquake on an Uncertain Plate Boundary". Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (Seismological Society of America) 94 (1): 118. doi:10.1785/0120020175. 

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