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Earthquakes of 2023

Strongest

8.7 Turkey July 17

Deadliest

8.7 Turkey July 17, 320,000-800,00

Total fatalities

320,857-800,857

5.0+ earthquakes

2506

2023 was a semi active earthquake year, with over 340,000 deaths, mainly from the Turkey 8.7, the biggest of the year and also the deadliest.

By magnitudeEdit

7.5+ Earthquakes

1

8.7 Turkey July 17

2

8.1 Mid-Atlantic Ridge March 23

3

7.9 Bolivia May 22

4

7.8 Volcano Islands August 21

By death tollEdit

10+ Death Toll Earthquakes

1

8.7 Turkey July 17, 320,000-800,000

2

7.3 Pakistan June 11, 731

3

7.2 India February 26, 104

4

6.7 Pakistan June 11, 14

EarthquakesEdit

JanuaryEdit

January

Strongest

7.4 South Sandwhich Islands on January 15

Deadliest

5.9 Tibet on January 9, 2 deaths

Total Fatalities

2

5.0+ earthquakes

126

  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Iceland on January 3 at a depth of 3.4 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of II (Weak).
  • A magntiude 5.9 earthquake struck Tibet on January 9 at a depth of 156.85 miles. The earthquake caused 14 injuries, 2 deaths, severe damage, and a landslide. The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very Strong).
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Mid-Indian Ridge on January 13 at a depth of 53 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the South Sandwhich Islands on January 15 at a depth of 373.3 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the Solomon Islands on January 22 at a depth of 11.5 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate)
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Chile on January 21 at a depth of 53.4 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of III (Weak).
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake the Gulf of California on January 21 at a depth of 2.6 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of II (Weak).
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Papua New Guniea on January 30 at a depth of 49.8 miles. The shock injured 1 and had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong)

FebruaryEdit

February

Strongest

7.3 Fiji, February 6

Deadliest

7.2 India, February 26, 104 deaths

Total Fatalities

104

5.0+ earthquakes

109


  • A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Fiji on February 6 at a depth of 63.3 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate).
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Fox Islands in Alaska on February 11 at a depth of 44.2 miles. The shpck had a maximum intensity of III (Weak).
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck offshore the east coast of Honshu, Jpan on February 16 at a depth of 5 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of II (Weak).
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Panama on February 22 at a depth of 1.2 miles. The shock had a mximum intensity of VI (Strong).
  • A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck India on February 26 at a depth of 22.3 miles. The shock destroyed over 500 buildings near the border of Myanmar and India and damaged thousands of others. 104 were killed and 826 were injured. The shock had a maximum intensity of IX (Violent).

MarchEdit

March

Strongest

8.1, Mid-Atlantic Ridge March 23

Deadliest

No deadly earthquakes

Total fatalities

0

5.0+ earthquakes

325


  • A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Greece on March 3 at a depth of 63.5. The earthquake caused a fire that injured 48 and destroyed 6 houses and 3 other buildings. The shock had a maximum intensity of VIII (Severe).
  • A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Tonga on March 6 at a dpeth of 13.5 miles. The shock had a maximum intesity of III (Weak).
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Tonga on March 6 at a depth of 13.6 miles. This was an aftershock of the 7.6 earthquake and had a maximum intensity of III (Weak).
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Tonga on March 6 at a depth of 13.2 miles. This was an aftershock of the 7.6 earthquake and had a maximum intensity of III (Weak).
  • A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Tonga on March 7 at a depth of 14 miles. This earthquake was a major aftershoch of the 7.6 earthquake and had a maximum intensity of II (Weak).
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore northern California on March 11 at a depth of 7.4 miles. It injured 1 and caused moderate damage near Eureka. The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong).
  • A magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck the Mid-Atlantic Ridge on March 23 at a depth of 107.8 miles. The earthquake caused a 12 foot tsunami that caused moderate damage to beaches along the Atlantic coast, mainly the eastern US, Morocco, Portugal, and Spain. The tsunami also injured an additional 31. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the Mid-Atlantic Ridge on March 23 at a depth of 108.2 miles. This was an aftershock of the 8.1 earthquake and had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Mid-Atlantic Ridge on March 23 at a depth of 104.4 miles. This was an aftershock of the 8.1 earthquake and had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the Mid-Atlantic Ridge on March 24 at a depth of 109.9 miles. This was an aftershock of the 8.1 earthquake and had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the Mid-Atlantic Ridge on March 24 at a depth of 103.9 miles. This was a major aftershock of the 8.1 earthquake and had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Chile on March 27 at a depth of 8.2 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of III (Weak).
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Kuril Islands on March 29 at a depth of 12.3 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of II (Weak).

AprilEdit

April

Strongest

6.8 offshore Japan April 13

Deadliest

5.9 offshore Christchurch, New Zealand on April 18, 2 deaths

Total fatalities

3

5.0+ earthquakes

142

  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the Strait of Gibralter on April 7 at a depth of 3.9 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck offshore southern Japan on April 13 at adepth of 78.9 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck near Christchurch, New Zealand on April 18 at a depth of .3 miles. The earthquake resulted in 2 fatalities, liquefaction, and severe damage in the Christchurch area. The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong).
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Tajikastan on April 22 at a depth of 6.9 miles. The earthquake injured 5 people and caused major damage. The shock had a amximum intensity of VII (Very strong).
  • A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck Cape Town, South Africa on April 29 mat a depth of 336.03 miles. The earthquake injured 52 and due to critical injuries, a man died 2 days later. The shock had a maximum intensity of VIII (Severe).

MayEdit

May

Strongest

7.9 Bolivia May 22

Deadliest

No deadly earthquakes

Total fatalities

0

5.0+ earthquakes

98

  • A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck offshore Sumatra, Indonesia on May 1 at a depth of 109.9 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of II (Weak).
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck offshore Kamchatka Peninsula on May 3 at a depth of 73.4 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore Oaxaca, Mexico on May 11 at a depth of 11.5 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck offshore of Japan on May 15 at a deth of 6 mile. The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate).
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand on May 19 at a depth of 16.8 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of II (Weak).
  • A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Bolivia on May 22 at a depth of 362.2 miles. The earthquake caused major damage across Bolivia and parts of Brazil. 67 were injured. The shock had a maximum intensity of VIII (Severe).

JuneEdit

June

Strongest

7.3 Pakistan on June 11

Deadliest

7.3 Pakistan June 11, 731 deaths

Total fatalities

746

5.0+ earthquakes

197


  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck offshore Japan on June 4 at a depth 5.8 miles. The earthqauke had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Pakistan on June 11 at a depth of 75.2 miles. The earthquake caused massive damage and killed 731. The earthquiake injured an additional 2093 people and was felt as far away as Dubai. The shock had a maximum intensity of X (Extreme).
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Pakistan on June 11 at a depth of 78.1 miles. This earthquake was not an aftershock of the 7.3 earthquake and caused 14 deaths, severe damage, and 439 injuries as well as slowing relief aids. The shpck had a maximum intensity of VIII (Severe).
  • A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Pakistan on June 13 at a depth of 75.6 miles. The earthquake injured 36, was an aftershopck of the 7.3 and 6.7, and had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong).
  • A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck Iran on June 19 at a depth of 65.8 miles. The shock killed 1 and injured 16 thers and had a maximum intensity of VII (Very Strong).
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on June 23 at a depth of 78.9 miles. This was an aftershock of the 6.8 earthquake in February and a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
  • A magntiude 7.1 earthquake struck Chile on June 26 at a depth of 16.7 miles. The earthquake caused moderate damage to poorly built structures near Santiago. The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong).

JulyEdit

July

Strongest

8.7 Turkey July 17

Deadliest

8.7 Turkey July 17, 320,000-800,000

Total fatalities

320,000-800,000

5.0+ earthquakes

382

  • A magntiude 6.1 earthquake struck the South Sandwhich Islands on July 7 at a depth of 74.89 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Solomon Islands on July 8 at a depth of 67.4 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of II (Weak).
  • A magntiude 6.9 earthquake struck the Kamchatka Peninsula on July 12 at a depth of 23 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
  • A magntitude 6.8 earthquake struck Taiwan on July 15 at a depth of 42 miles. The earthquake caused severe damage to buildings near Taipei and caused 3 deaths and 73 injuries. The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very Strong).
  • A magnitude 8.7 earthquake struck Turkey on July 17 at a depth of 5.3 miles. The erthquake caused catastrophic damage in Istanbul. Thee earthquake caused over 100,000 reports of damage from Oman to Spain. The earthquake killed hundreds of thousands had injured almost a million. The shock had a maximum intensity of XII (Extreme).
  • A magntiude 7.1 earthquake struck Tonga on July 26 at a depth of 6.2 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
  • A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Easter Island on July 30 at a depth of 9 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of II (Weak).

AugustEdit

August

Strongest

7.8 Volcano Islands Reigon August 21

Deadliest

No deadly earthquakes

Total fatalities

0

5.0+ earthquakes

456

  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the North Island of New Zealand on August 2 at a depth of 47 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity if VI (Strong).
  • A magntiude 6.9 earthquake struck near Kenai, Alaska on August 7 at a depth of 53.4 miles. The shock had a Maximum intensity of IV (Light).
  • A magntiude 7.4 earthquake struck Chile on August 14 at a depth of 6.8 miles. The shock caused sustainable damage near the coast and a tsunami of 4.2 feet ocurred. The shock had a mximum intesity of VII (Very Strong).
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the Mid-Indian Ridge on August 16 at a depth of 91.43 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 7.8 earthquake the Volcano Islands Reigon on August 21 at a depth of 7.1 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Tobelo, Indonesia on August 25 at a depth of 13.4 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate).
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Nicobar Islands, India on August 29 at a depth of 17.6 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).

SeptemberEdit

September

Strongest

6.9 Kuril Islands September 12

Deadliest

No deadly earthquakes

Total fatalities

0

5.0+ earthquakes

81

  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the Kuril Islands on September 12 at a depth of 84.7 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of III (Weak).
  • A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore Sumatra, Indonesia on September 21 at a depth of 52.3 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magntiude 6.7 earthquake struck Vanuatu on September 30 at depth of 6.1 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).

OctoberEdit

October

Strongest

6.6 offshore Nicaragua on October 22

Deadliest

No deadly earthquakes

Total fatalities

0

5.0+ earthquakes

103

  • A magitude 6.2 earthquake struck Baja California on October 8 at a depth of 17.8 miles. The earthquake caused extensive damage in Tijuana, San Diego, and other areas in that reigon. The shock also injured 1 and had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong).
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on October 11 at a depth of 32 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate).
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Mindano, Philippines on October 19 at a depth of 69.5 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck offshore Nicaragua on October 22 at a depth of 405.8 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of III (Weak).
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Fox Islands of Alaska on October 28 at a depth of 13 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).

===November===

November

Strongest

7.4 East-Pacific Ridge on November 28

Deadliest

No deadly earthquakes

Total fatalities

0

5.0+ earthquakes 56

No information

  • A magntiude 6.7 earthquake struck offshore Japan on November 15. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
  • A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the East-Pacific Ridge on November 28 at a depth of 245.18 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).

DecemberEdit

December

Strongest

7.3 Bakersfield, Caliafronia December 16

Deadliest

6.2 Northern Thailand December 9, 2 deaths

Total fatalities

2

5.0+ earthquakes

431

  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near Kenai, Alaska on December 3 at a depth of 71 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
  • A magntiude 6.4 earthquake struck Barbados on December 5 at a depth of 189.2 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate).
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck northern Thailand on December 9 at a depth of 53.5 miles. The earthquake was the biggest earthquake on record in Thailand. The earthquake killed 2 and injured 56. The shock had a maximum intensity of VIII (Severe).
  • A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck near Bakersfield, Calirornia on December 16. The earthquake inured 14 people and was felt in Portland, Orgeon. The shock had a maximum intensity of VIII (Severe).
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck west of Jamaica on December 22 at a depth 93.4 miles. The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate).
  • A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Christmas Island on December 25. The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong).



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