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Approximate epicenters of the earthquakes in 2015

Strongest magnitude 8.3 Mw, Chile Chile
Deadliest 7.8 Mw, Nepal Nepal
8,964 deaths[1]
Total fatalities 9,635
Number by magnitude
9.0+ 0
8.0−8.9 1
7.0−7.9 18
6.0−6.9 124
5.0−5.9 1,413
4.0−4.9 13,239
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This is a list of earthquakes in 2015. Only earthquakes of magnitude 6 or above are included, unless they result in damage and/or casualties, or are notable for some other reason. All dates are listed according to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) time. This year was dominated by the earthquake in Nepal in April, with around 9,000 deaths. Another deadly event struck Afghanistan, while the strongest quake (8.3) took place in Chile, like in 2014. Sabah was struck by an earthquake 6.0 which killed 18 climbers including Singaporean students. It is marked as the deadliest in the country.

Compared to other years[edit]

Number of Earthquakes Worldwide for 2006–2015
Magnitude Ranging Between19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
8−9.9 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 2 4 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 1
7−7.9 18 14 15 13 14 14 10 9 14 12 16 21 19 15 17 11 18
6−6.9 118 145 121 126 140 141 140 142 178 168 144 151 204 129 125 144 124
5−5.9 1057 1335 1215 1171 1203 1515 1693 1712 2074 1768 1896 1963 2271 1412 1402 1577 1413
Total 1193 1495 1352 1310 1358 1672 1844 1865 2270 1948 2057 2136 2495 1558 1546 1733 1556

Note that an increase in detected earthquake numbers does not necessarily represent an increase in earthquakes per se. Population increase, habitation spread, and advances in earthquake detection technology all contribute to higher earthquake numbers being recorded over time. USGS's Earthquake Myths has more information.

For exact dates and live earthquakes please visit USGS's Global Earthquake Search Page and Real-time Earthquake Map or EMSC's Real-time Seismicity.

2015[edit]

Map of earthquakes in 2015

By death toll[edit]

Rank Death toll Magnitude Location Depth (km) MMI Date
1 8,964[1] 7.8 Nepal Nepal 15.0 IX April 25
2 399[2] 7.5 Afghanistan Afghanistan 231.0 VII October 26
3 218[1] 7.3 Nepal Nepal 15.0 VIII May 12
4 18[3] 6.0 Malaysia Malaysia 10.0 VI June 4
5 14[4] 8.3 Chile Chile 20.7 VIII September 16
  • Note: At least 15 dead

By magnitude[edit]

Rank Magnitude Death toll Location Depth (km) MMI Date
1 8.3 14[4] Chile Chile 20.7 VIII September 16
2 7.8 8,964[1] Nepal Nepal 15.0 IX April 25
2 7.8 0  Japan 677.6 VII May 30
4 7.6 0  Peru 600.6 IV November 24
4 7.6 0  Peru 611.7 IV November 24
6 7.5 0  Papua New Guinea 41.0 VII March 29
6 7.5 0  Papua New Guinea 41.5 VII May 5
6 7.5 399[2] Afghanistan Afghanistan 231.0 VII October 26
9 7.3 218[1] Nepal Nepal 15.0 VIII May 12
10 7.2 2[5] Tajikistan Tajikistan 26.0 VII December 7
11 7.1 0 Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge 16.7 I February 13
11 7.1 0  Papua New Guinea 23.2 VI May 7
11 7.1 0  Vanuatu 127.0 VI October 20
11 7.1 0 Southeast Indian Ridge 10.0 I December 4
15 7.0 0  Indonesia 552.1 VI February 27
15 7.0 0 Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge 10.0 I June 17
15 7.0 0  Solomon Islands 10.0 VI July 18
15 7.0 1[6]  Indonesia 48.0 VII July 27
15 7.0 0  Chile 30.9 VII September 16
  • Note: At least 7.0 magnitude

By month[edit]

January[edit]

January
Strongest magnitude 6.8 Mw,  Vanuatu
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 0
7.0−7.9 0
6.0−6.9 4
5.0−5.9 117
4.0−4.9 1055
  • Panama A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck offshore of Panama 236 km (147 mi) south of Punta de Burica on January 7 at a depth of 8.0 km (5.0 mi).[7]
  • China A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck China 14 km (8.7 mi) north northwest of Shaping village in Sichuan on January 14 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[8] The earthquake injured at least 11 people.[9]
  • Vanuatu A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Vanuatu 80 km (50 mi) north northeast of Port Vila on January 23 at a depth of 220.0 km (136.7 mi).[10]
  • Fiji A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of Fiji 54 km (34 mi) southeast of Ndoi Island on January 28 at a depth of 484.1 km (300.8 mi).[11]
  • Vanuatu A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Vanuatu 209 km (130 mi) south southeast of Isangel on January 30 at a depth of 7.1 km (4.4 mi).[12]

February[edit]

February
Strongest magnitude 7.1 Mw, Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 0
7.0−7.9 2
6.0−6.9 10
5.0−5.9 110
4.0−4.9 970
  • Argentina A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Argentina 91 km (57 mi) northwest of La Punta on February 2 at a depth of 172.0 km (106.9 mi).[13]
  • Argentina A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Argentina 102 km (63 mi) west of El Aguilar on February 11 at a depth of 223.0 km (138.6 mi).[14]
  • A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge on February 13 at a depth of 16.7 km (10.4 mi).[15]
  • Taiwan A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Taiwan 31 km (19 mi) east southeast of Taitung City on February 13 at a depth of 30.0 km (18.6 mi).[16]
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 146 km (91 mi) north northwest of Visokoi Island on February 16 at a depth of 13.0 km (8.1 mi).[17]
  • Japan A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 83 km (52 mi) east northeast of Miyako on February 16 at a depth of 23.0 km (14.3 mi).[18]
  • Solomon Islands A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore of the Solomon Islands 187 km (116 mi) west of Lata on February 18 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[19]
  • Vanuatu A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Vanuatu 85 km (53 mi) east southeast of Lakatoro on February 19 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[20]
  • Japan A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 141 km (88 mi) east of Miyako on February 20 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[21] This was an aftershock of the 6.7 magnitude quake.
  • Japan A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 133 km (83 mi) east of Miyako on February 21 at a depth of 7.0 km (4.3 mi).[22] This was an aftershock of the 6.7 magnitude quake.
  • Mexico A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of Mexico 218 km (135 mi) southwest of Tomatlán on February 22 at a depth of 5.0 km (3.1 mi).[23]
  • Pakistan A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck Pakistan 22 km (14 mi) east of Batgram on February 26 at a depth of 29.7 km (18.5 mi).[24] The earthquake injured at least 15 people and caused some damage.[25]
  • Indonesia A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Indonesia 130 km (81 mi) north of Nebe, East Nusa Tenggara on February 27 at a depth of 552.1 km (343.1 mi).[26]

March[edit]

March
Strongest magnitude 7.5 Mw,  Papua New Guinea
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 0
7.0−7.9 1
6.0−6.9 11
5.0−5.9 100
4.0−4.9 1010
  • Indonesia A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Indonesia 48 km (30 mi) northwest of Sikabaluan on Siberut island on March 3 at a depth of 28.0 km (17.4 mi).[27]
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Mid-Indian Ridge on March 6 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[28]
  • Colombia A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Colombia 9 km (5.6 mi) north northeast of Aratoca on March 10 at a depth of 155.0 km (96.3 mi).[29]
  • Indonesia A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Indonesia 70 km (43 mi) northwest of Luwuk, Central Sulawesi on March 15 at a depth of 31.0 km (19.3 mi).[30]
  • Indonesia A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Indonesia 135 km (84 mi) northwest of Kota Ternate, North Maluku on March 17 at a depth of 44.0 km (27.3 mi).[31]
  • Chile A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of Chile 75 km (47 mi) north northwest of Talcahuano on March 18 at a depth of 13.0 km (8.1 mi).[32]
  • Chile A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Chile 45 km (28 mi) east southeast of Putre on March 23 at a depth of 130.0 km (80.8 mi).[33]
  • Papua New Guinea A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea 53 km (33 mi) southeast of Kokopo on March 29 at a depth of 41.0 km (25.5 mi).[34] A "small" tsunami was reported in Rabaul harbor and a 3 cm (1.2 in) tsunami in the Solomon Islands.[35]
  • Tonga A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga 94 km (58 mi) northeast of Hihifo on March 30 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[36] This was a foreshock of the 6.5 magnitude quake.
  • Tonga A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga 106 km (66 mi) northeast of Hihifo on March 30 at a depth of 14.5 km (9.0 mi).[37] This was a foreshock of the 6.5 magnitude quake.
  • Tonga A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga 91 km (57 mi) east northeast of Hihifo on March 30 at a depth of 11.0 km (6.8 mi).[38]
  • Papua New Guinea A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea 65 km (40 mi) south southeast of Kokopo on March 31 at a depth of 39.0 km (24.2 mi).[39] This was an aftershock of the 7.5 magnitude quake.

April[edit]

April
Strongest magnitude 7.8 Mw, Nepal Nepal
Deadliest 7.8 Mw, Nepal Nepal
8,964 deaths
Total fatalities 8,965
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 0
7.0−7.9 1
6.0−6.9 14
5.0−5.9 96
4.0−4.9 1047
  • Tonga A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga 103 km (64 mi) north northeast of Hihifo on April 7 at a depth of 30.0 km (18.6 mi).[40] This was an aftershock of the 6.5 magnitude quake in March.
  • Greece A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Greece 49 km (30 mi) southwest of Karpathos on April 16 at a depth of 20.0 km (12.4 mi).[41]
  • Fiji A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck offshore of Fiji 62 km (39 mi) northeast of the Ringgold Isles on April 17 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[42]
  • Taiwan Japan A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck offshore of Taiwan 64 km (40 mi) southeast of Su'ao and 68 km (42 mi) southwest of Yonaguni, Japan on April 20 at a depth of 29.0 km (18.0 mi).[43][44] One person was killed in a house fire caused by the earthquake in the Hsinchuang District of New Taipei.[45]
  • Japan A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 72 km (45 mi) southwest of Yonakuni in the Yaeyama Islands on April 20 at a depth of 29.0 km (18.0 mi).[46] This was an aftershock of the 6.4 magnitude quake.
  • Japan A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 69 km (43 mi) southwest of Yonakuni in the Yaeyama Islands on April 20 at a depth of 29.0 km (18.0 mi).[47] This was an aftershock of the 6.4 magnitude quake.
  • Solomon Islands A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of the Solomon Islands 160 km (99 mi) south southeast of Lata on April 22 at a depth of 72.0 km (44.7 mi).[48]
  • New Zealand A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck New Zealand 67 km (42 mi) northwest of Kaikoura on April 24 at a depth of 48.0 km (29.8 mi).[49]
  • Canada A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of British Columbia, Canada 192 km (119 mi) west southwest of Bella Bella on April 24 at a depth of 8.0 km (5.0 mi).[50]
  • Nepal A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal 34 km (21 mi) east southeast of Lamjung on April 25 at a depth of 8.2 km (5.1 mi).[51] 8,857 people were killed in Nepal, 78 in India, 25 in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, and 4 in Bangladesh.[1][52][53][54]
  • Nepal A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Nepal 1 km (0.62 mi) east of Banepa on April 25 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[55] This was an aftershock of the 7.8 magnitude quake.
  • Nepal A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Nepal 44 km (27 mi) east of Lamjung on April 25 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[56] This was an aftershock of the 7.8 magnitude quake.
  • Nepal A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Nepal 21 km (13 mi) south southeast of Kodari on April 26 at a depth of 22.9 km (14.2 mi).[57] This was an aftershock of the 7.8 magnitude quake.
  • Fiji A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Fiji 27 km (17 mi) south southeast of Ndoi Island on April 28 at a depth of 581.0 km (361.0 mi).[58]
  • Papua New Guinea A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea 125 km (78 mi) south southwest of Kokopo on April 30 at a depth of 31.0 km (19.3 mi).[59] This was a foreshock of the 7.5 magnitude quake in May.

May[edit]

May
Strongest magnitude 7.8 Mw,  Japan
Deadliest 7.3 Mw, Nepal Nepal
218 deaths
Total fatalities 218
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 0
7.0−7.9 4
6.0−6.9 17
5.0−5.9 155
4.0−4.9 1376
  • Papua New Guinea A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea 108 km (67 mi) south southwest of Kokopo on May 1 at a depth of 44.0 km (27.3 mi).[60] This was a foreshock of the 7.5 magnitude quake.
  • Papua New Guinea A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea 133 km (83 mi) south southwest of Kokopo on May 1 at a depth of 35.0 km (21.7 mi).[61] This was a foreshock of the 7.5 magnitude quake.
  • Papua New Guinea A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea 155 km (96 mi) south southwest of Kokopo on May 3 at a depth of 24.0 km (14.9 mi).[62] This was a foreshock of the 7.5 magnitude quake.
  • Papua New Guinea A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea 130 km (81 mi) south southwest of Kokopo on May 5 at a depth of 55.0 km (34.2 mi).[63] A tsunami estimated at under 1 m (3 ft 3 in) was reported in Rabaul harbor.[64]
  • Papua New Guinea A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck offshore of Papua New Guinea 143 km (89 mi) southwest of Panguna on May 7 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[65] This was a major aftershock of the 7.5 magnitude quake.
  • Japan A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 292 km (181 mi) southeast of Hachijo-jima in the Izu Islands on May 10 at a depth of 6.0 km (3.7 mi).[66]
  • Nepal A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Nepal 19 km (12 mi) southeast of Kodari on May 12 at a depth of 15.0 km (9.3 mi).[67] Nepalese authorities reported 153 dead, while 62 were killed in India, two in Bangladesh, and one in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.[1] This was a major aftershock of the 7.8 magnitude quake in April.
  • Nepal A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Nepal 33 km (21 mi) north northeast of Ramechhap on May 12 at a depth of 15.0 km (9.3 mi).[68] This was an aftershock of the 7.3 magnitude quake.
  • Japan A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Japan 32 km (20 mi) southeast of Ofunato on May 12 at a depth of 35.0 km (21.7 mi).[69]
  • Indonesia A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Indonesia 105 km (65 mi) east southeast of Sungaipenuh, Jambi province on May 15 at a depth of 151.0 km (93.8 mi).[70]
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge on May 19 at a depth of 7.2 km (4.5 mi).[71]
  • Tonga A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga 135 km (84 mi) west northwest of Pangai on May 19 at a depth of 203.0 km (126.1 mi).[72] This was a foreshock of the 6.2 magnitude quake.
  • Solomon Islands A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck offshore of the Solomon Islands 182 km (113 mi) west of Lata on May 20 at a depth of 11.0 km (6.8 mi).[73] This was a foreshock of the 6.9 magnitude quake.
  • Solomon Islands A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck offshore of the Solomon Islands 205 km (127 mi) east southeast of Kirakira on May 22 at a depth of 11.2 km (7.0 mi).[74]
  • Solomon Islands A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck offshore of the Solomon Islands 159 km (99 mi) east southeast of Kirakira on May 22 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[75] This was an aftershock of the 6.9 magnitude quake.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge on May 24 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[76]
  • Tonga A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga 175 km (109 mi) west northwest of Pangai on May 24 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[77]
  • United States A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck offshore of Alaska, United States 99 km (62 mi) north northwest of Chirikof Island on May 29 at a depth of 72.6 km (45.1 mi).[78]
  • Japan A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 189 km (117 mi) west northwest of Chichi-jima in the Ogasawara Islands on May 30 at a depth of 664.0 km (412.6 mi).[79] The Associated Press agency reported "twelve people suffered minor injuries", and TEPCO claimed that 400 customers lost electricity in Saitama Prefecture.[80]
  • Tonga A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga 46 km (29 mi) east northeast of Hihifo on May 30 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[81] This was an aftershock of the 6.2 magnitude quake.
  • Japan A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 398 km (247 mi) southeast of Hachijo-jima in the Izu Islands on May 30 at a depth of 6.0 km (3.7 mi).[82]

June[edit]

June
Strongest magnitude 7.0 Mw, Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Deadliest 6.0 Mw, Malaysia Malaysia
18 deaths
Total fatalities 18
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 0
7.0−7.9 1
6.0−6.9 9
5.0−5.9 93
4.0−4.9 1013
  • Malaysia A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Malaysia 14 km (8.7 mi) west northwest of Ranau on June 4 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[83] Eighteen people died and several were injured in rockfalls while ascending Mount Kinabalu.[3]
  • Japan A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 74 km (46 mi) east northeast of Mutsu on June 8 at a depth of 42.0 km (26.1 mi).[84]
  • Chile A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Chile 52 km (32 mi) east of Calama on June 10 at a depth of 124.0 km (77.1 mi).[85]
  • Tonga A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga 84 km (52 mi) east northeast of Hihifo on June 12 at a depth of 48.0 km (29.8 mi).[86] This was an aftershock of the 6.2 magnitude quake in May.
  • A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge on June 17 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[87]
  • Chile A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck offshore of Chile 73 km (45 mi) west northwest of Talcahuano on June 20 at a depth of 11.0 km (6.8 mi).[88]
  • Fiji A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Fiji 45 km (28 mi) east northeast of Ndoi Island on June 21 at a depth of 562.6 km (349.6 mi).[89]
  • Japan A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 256 km (159 mi) west northwest of Chichi-jima in the Ogasawara Islands on June 23 at a depth of 460.0 km (285.8 mi).[90]
  • New Zealand A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of New Zealand 89 km (55 mi) southeast of L'Esperance Rock in the Kermadec Islands on June 25 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[91]
  • Papua New Guinea A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea 145 km (90 mi) south southwest of Kokopo on June 30 at a depth of 43.0 km (26.7 mi).[92]

July[edit]

July
Strongest magnitude 7.0 Mw,  Solomon Islands
7.0 Mw,  Indonesia
Deadliest 6.4 Mw, China China
3 deaths
5.1 Mw, Pakistan Pakistan
3 deaths
Total fatalities 7
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 0
7.0−7.9 2
6.0−6.9 8
5.0−5.9 126
4.0−4.9 1150

August[edit]

August
Strongest magnitude 6.6 Mw,  Solomon Islands
Deadliest 5.8 Mw, Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
1 death
Total fatalities 1
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 0
7.0−7.9 0
6.0−6.9 6
5.0−5.9 110
4.0−4.9 1059

September[edit]

September
Strongest magnitude 8.3 Mw, Chile Chile
Deadliest 8.3 Mw, Chile Chile
14 deaths
Total fatalities 14
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 1
7.0−7.9 1
6.0−6.9 22
5.0−5.9 180
4.0−4.9 1608
  • Japan A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 270 km (170 mi) southeast of Hachijo-jima in the Izu Islands on September 1 at a depth of 8.0 km (5.0 mi).[115]
  • Tonga A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga 170 km (110 mi) southwest of Minerva Reefs on September 7 at a depth of 535.0 km (332.4 mi).[116]
  • New Zealand A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck offshore of New Zealand 182 km (113 mi) south southeast of L'Esperance Rock in the Kermadec Islands on September 7 at a depth of 17.0 km (10.6 mi).[117]
  • United States A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of the United States 98 km (61 mi) southeast of Yunaska Island, Alaska on September 10 at a depth of 20.0 km (12.4 mi).[118]
  • Mexico A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck offshore of Mexico 63 km (39 mi) southwest of Topolobampo on September 13 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[119]
  • Indonesia A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Indonesia 146 km (91 mi) east northeast of Bitung, North Sulawesi on September 16 at a depth of 41.5 km (25.8 mi).[120]
  • Papua New Guinea A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea 156 km (97 mi) east southeast of Kimbe on September 16 at a depth of 6.0 km (3.7 mi).[121]
  • Chile A magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck Chile 48 km (30 mi) west of Illapel on September 16 at a depth of 22.4 km (13.9 mi).[122] Thirteen people were killed, six are missing and one million were evacuated in Chile.[4] One man died in Argentina.[123] A tsunami occurred reaching as high as 4.75 m (15.6 ft) in Coquimbo,[124] 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in Hawaii,[125] and an 80 cm (31 in) wave was recorded at the port of Kuji, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.[126]
  • Chile A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Chile 55 km (34 mi) west of Illapel on September 16 at a depth of 26.7 km (16.6 mi).[127] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Chile 56 km (35 mi) west southwest of Illapel on September 16 at a depth of 19.1 km (11.9 mi).[128] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore of Chile 71 km (44 mi) west of Illapel on September 16 at a depth of 35.0 km (21.7 mi).[129] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Chile 25 km (16 mi) west northwest of Illapel on September 16 at a depth of 28.4 km (17.6 mi).[130] This was a major aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Chile 70 km (43 mi) southwest of Ovalle on September 17 at a depth of 42.3 km (26.3 mi).[131] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Chile 54 km (34 mi) west northwest of Illapel on September 17 at a depth of 27.0 km (16.8 mi).[132] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Chile 61 km (38 mi) west northwest of Illapel on September 17 at a depth of 23.0 km (14.3 mi).[133] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of Chile 93 km (58 mi) northwest of Valparaíso on September 18 at a depth of 8.0 km (5.0 mi).[134] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge on September 18 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[135]
  • Chile A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore of Chile 78 km (48 mi) west northwest of Coquimbo on September 19 at a depth of 6.0 km (3.7 mi).[136] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of Chile 79 km (49 mi) west of La Ligua on September 19 at a depth of 18.0 km (11.2 mi).[137] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Chile 55 km (34 mi) west of Illapel on September 21 at a depth of 30.0 km (18.6 mi).[138] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Chile 22 km (14 mi) west southwest of Illapel on September 21 at a depth of 35.0 km (21.7 mi).[139] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Chile 22 km (14 mi) north northwest of Illapel on September 22 at a depth of 58.0 km (36.0 mi).[140] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.
  • Indonesia A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Indonesia 29 km (18 mi) north of Sorong, West Papua on September 24 at a depth of 18.0 km (11.2 mi).[141] About 60 people were injured while 200 buildings were damaged.[142]
  • Chile A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Chile 26 km (16 mi) south southwest of Ovalle on September 26 at a depth of 46.0 km (28.6 mi).[143] This was an aftershock of the 8.3 magnitude quake.

October[edit]

October
Strongest magnitude 7.5 Mw, Afghanistan Afghanistan
Deadliest 7.5 Mw, Afghanistan Afghanistan
399 deaths
Total fatalities 400
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 0
7.0−7.9 2
6.0−6.9 5
5.0−5.9 85
4.0−4.9 1136

November[edit]

November
Strongest magnitude 7.6 Mw,  Peru
7.6 Mw,  Peru
Deadliest 6.5 Mw,  Greece
2 deaths
5.5 Mw,  Mexico
2 deaths
Total fatalities 6
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 0
7.0−7.9 2
6.0−6.9 14
5.0−5.9 136
4.0−4.9 1204
  • Indonesia A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Indonesia 80 km (50 mi) west northwest of Dili, East Timor on November 4 at a depth of 20.0 km (12.4 mi).[157] Minor damage was reported.[158]
  • Venezuela A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Venezuela 4 km (2.5 mi) south southeast of Lagunillas in the state of Mérida on November 7 at a depth of 13.5 km (8.4 mi).[159] The earthquake damaged some buildings and triggered rockfalls, killing one man and injuring 4 others.[160]
  • Chile A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of Chile 107 km (66 mi) west northwest of Coquimbo on November 7 at a depth of 13.0 km (8.1 mi).[161] This was a foreshock of the 6.9 magnitude quake.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Chile 39 km (24 mi) southwest of Ovalle on November 7 at a depth of 46.0 km (28.6 mi).[162] This was a foreshock of the 6.9 magnitude quake.
  • India A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck offshore of India's Nicobar Islands 128 km (80 mi) northwest of Sabang in the special region of Aceh, Indonesia on November 8 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[163]
  • United States A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck offshore of the United States 99 km (62 mi) southeast of Atka, Alaska on November 9 at a depth of 15.0 km (9.3 mi).[164]
  • Chile A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck offshore of Chile 81 km (50 mi) northwest of Coquimbo on November 11 at a depth of 12.0 km (7.5 mi).[165] The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported a 15 cm (5.9 in) tsunami at Coquimbo and a 10 cm (3.9 in) tsunami at Huasco in Atacama Region.[166]
  • Chile A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck offshore of Chile 84 km (52 mi) northwest of Coquimbo on November 11 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[167] This was an aftershock of the 6.9 magnitude quake.
  • Japan A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 140 km (87 mi) west southwest of Makurazaki, Kagoshima Prefecture on November 13 at a depth of 12.0 km (7.5 mi).[168] The Japan Meteorological Agency reported a 30 cm (12 in) tsunami at Nakanoshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture.[169]
  • Greece A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Greece 10 km (6.2 mi) west southwest of Nidri on the island of Lefkada on November 17 at a depth of 11.0 km (6.8 mi).[170] Two women were killed in house collapses in Ponti and Athani on Lefkada; the quake also damaged the main road in the southwestern part of Lefkada and several buildings.[171]
  • Solomon Islands A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the Solomon Islands 115 km (71 mi) southwest of Dadali on Santa Isabel Island on November 18 at a depth of 12.6 km (7.8 mi).[172]
  • Indonesia A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Indonesia 176 km (109 mi) west northwest of Saumlaki in southern Maluku province on November 21 at a depth of 82.0 km (51.0 mi).[173]
  • Venezuela A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Venezuela 2 km (1.2 mi) north northwest of Lagunillas in the state of Mérida on November 22 at a depth of 28.1 km (17.5 mi).[174] One man was killed by rockfalls triggered by the earthquake.[175]
  • Mexico A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck Mexico 29 km (18 mi) north northwest of San Luis Acatlán in the state of Guerrero on November 23 at a depth of 42.5 km (26.4 mi).[176] Two workers were killed, buried by a mudslide.[177]
  • Northern Mariana Islands A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of the United States territory of the Northern Mariana Islands 42 km (26 mi) west of Agrihan on November 24 at a depth of 586.9 km (364.7 mi).[178]
  • Peru A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Peru 173 km (107 mi) west northwest of Iberia on November 24 at a depth of 606.2 km (376.7 mi).[179]
  • Peru A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Peru 211 km (131 mi) south of Tarauacá, Brazil on November 24 at a depth of 620.6 km (385.6 mi).[180] This was a major aftershock of the 7.6 magnitude quake.
  • Brazil A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Brazil 125 km (78 mi) south southwest of Tarauacá on November 26 at a depth of 602.8 km (374.6 mi).[181] This was an aftershock of the 7.6 magnitude quake in Peru.
  • Chile A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Chile 64 km (40 mi) north of Taltal on November 27 at a depth of 34.0 km (21.1 mi).[182]

December[edit]

December
Strongest magnitude 7.2 Mw, Tajikistan Tajikistan
Deadliest 6.3 Mw, Afghanistan Afghanistan
4 deaths
Total fatalities 6 deaths
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.9 0
7.0−7.9 2
6.0−6.9 7
5.0−5.9 105
4.0−4.9 608
  • A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the Southeast Indian Ridge on December 4 at a depth of 35.0 km (21.7 mi).[183]
  • Tajikistan A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Tajikistan 106 km (66 mi) west of Murghab on December 7 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).[184] One truck driver and a policeman were killed while dozens more were injured and 500 homes destroyed. The earthquake was also felt in Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and India.[5]
  • Indonesia A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Indonesia 107 km (66 mi) southeast of Amahai in central Maluku province on December 9 at a depth of 21.0 km (13.0 mi).[185]
  • Fiji A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore of Fiji 255 km (158 mi) west northwest of Lautoka on December 9 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[186]
  • Mexico A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Mexico 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of Tres Picos in the state of Chiapas on December 17 at a depth of 85.0 km (52.8 mi).[187]
  • Vanuatu A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Vanuatu 129 km (80 mi) north of Isangel on December 19 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).[188]
  • Indonesia A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Indonesia 38 km (24 mi) north of Tarakan in North Kalimantan province on December 20 at a depth of 14.0 km (8.7 mi).[189]
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the southern East Pacific Rise on December 24 at a depth of 12.3 km (7.6 mi).[190]
  • Afghanistan A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Afghanistan 41 km (25 mi) west southwest of Ashkasham in Badakhshan province on December 25 at a depth of 203.4 km (126.4 mi).[191] 12 people were hospitalized in Nangarhar province, including some university students in Jalalabad, who were injured in a stampede while trying to escape a building.[192] Four people were killed in Pakistan. At least 100 people were injured.[193] The quake was also strongly felt in Tajikistan and India.

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