Famous tsunamis · Mega tsunamis  ·  August 31, 2015, 6:44 GMT
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Famous tsunamis - mega tsunamis

Famous tsunamis - mega tsunamis

June 15, 1896, 10:30 UT, 34N36, 144E12: Sanriku on the island of Honshu on Japan's Pacific seaboard - An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale unleashed a tsunami causing a death toll of more than 27,000.

Jan 31, 1906, 15:36 UT, 1N00, 81W30: Ecuador - an earthquake registering 8.8 on the Richter scale off the coasts of Colombia and Ecuador produced a tsunami claiming about 1,000 lives.

March 2, 1933, 17:30 UT, 39N12, 144E30: Japan - At Sanriku on the island of Honshu, a quake measuring 8.3 followed by a tsunami caused more than 3,000 deaths.

Nov 4, 1952, 16:58 UT, 52N42, 159E30: USSR - The Kamchatka Peninsula on the country's Pacific seaboard experienced one of its worst earthquakes, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale and causing a massive tsunami felt all the way across the Pacific as far as Chile and Peru. More than 2,300 people died.

May 22, 1960, 19:11 UT, Southern Chile, 39S30, 74W30: A 9.5 strong earthquake was followed by a devastating tsunami affecting Pacific rim countries including the Philippines and Japan. The death toll was 5,700 in Chile, 61 in Hawaii and 130 in Japan.

Aug 16, 1976, 16:11 UT, 7.9, Mindinao, Philippines, 6N12, 124E00: Philippines - a tremor caused a tsunami >which left 5,000 dead on the Filipino island of Mindanao.

Dec 12, 1992, Flores, Indonesia, 5:29 UT, 8S31, 121E54: Indonesia - a tremor touched off several tsunamis, swamping the island of Flores with 2,000 deaths.

July 17, 1998, 8:49 UT, 2S54, 142E12: Papua New Guinea - following two quakes each >measuring 7.0, a tsunami ravaged 30 kilometres of northern coastline, sweeping away seven villages with a loss of more than 2,000 lives, according to official statistics. Local sources put the death toll at between 6,000 and 8,000.

Aug 17, 1999, 0:01:38 UT, 40N38.4, 29E49.8 - Turkey - a 7.6 tremor struck the northwest and centre of the country claiming some 17,000 lives and causing a devastating tsunami.

December 26 2004, 0:58:50 UT, 3N19, 95E46: Asia - An earthquake in the Indian Ocean measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale set off a tsunami that struck at 10 Asian and three African countries, leaving at least 130,000 people dead.

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