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Earthquake - Data and statistics

A 'pre-designed' summary and profile of disasters reported for a particular hazard including a summary of events from 1980 to September 2008 , as well as the top 10 disasters.

Data related to human and economic losses from disasters that have occurred between 1980 and 2008.

Please see also Earthquake Risk profile

Earthquake disasters from 1980 - 2008

Overview

No of events: 706
No of people killed: 385,630
Average people killed per year: 13,298
No of people affected: 136,333,515
Average people affected per year: 4,701,156
Ecomomic Damage (US$ X 1,000): 351,079,755
Ecomomic Damage per year (US$ X 1,000): 12,106,198

Top 10 Disasters Reported


Affected people

Disaster Date Affected (no. of people)
China P Rep 2008 45,976,596
India 1988 20,003,766
India 2001 6,321,812
Pakistan 2005 5,128,000
China P Rep 1996 5,077,795
Indonesia 2006 3,177,923
China P Rep 1999 3,020,004
Japan 1983 2,550,028
Mexico 1985 2,130,204
China P Rep 2000 1,855,007

Killed people

Disaster Date Killed (no. of people)
China P Rep 2008 87,476
Pakistan 2005 73,338
Iran Islam Rep 1990 40,000
Iran Islam Rep 2003 26,796
Soviet Union 1988 25,000
India 2001 20,005
Turkey 1999 17,127
India 1993 9,748
Mexico 1985 9,500
Indonesia 2006 5,778

Economic damages

Disaster Date Cost (US$ X 1,000)
Japan 1995 100,000,000
United States 1994 30,000,000
Japan 2004 28,000,000
China P Rep 2008 20,000,000
Italy 1980 20,000,000
Turkey 1999 20,000,000
Taiwan (China) 1999 14,100,000
Soviet Union 1988 14,000,000
Japan 2007 12,500,000
Iran Islam Rep 1990 8,000,000

Statistics for earthquake


Number of events reported


Number of people affected


Number of people killed


Reported economic damages (US$ in billion)

More information and data on: www.emdat.be/

Source of data: "EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Bel."
Data version: v11.08