UAE tremors and deadliest quakes
Earthquake felt in the UAE is nothing more than a slight jolt in comparison to bigger occurrences across the world
May 27, 2014 6:30 by Nadine Sayegh
While the 5.1 tremor felt earlier today (May 27) may have rattled a few bones in the UAE, some may not realize how truly cataclysmic earthquakes can be.
In the last decade a series of natural catastrophes have devastated landscapes across the world, some of the most deadly include:
Haiti – 2010
An earthquake of a 7.0 reading on the Richter scale rocked Haiti on January 12th 2010. The epicentre of the disaster took place only 25 kilometres away from the nation’s capital city – Port-au-Prince.
According to the data from US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake claimed the lives of 316,000 individuals.
Eastern Sichuan, China – 2008
The earthquake that took place on May 12th, 2008 in Eastern Sichuan, which is frequently referred to as the Great Sichuan Earthquake, measured 7.9 on the Richter scale.
It was the most devastating earthquake since the 1950’s Chayu earthquake – 8.5 on the Richter scale.
The USGS reports that 87,587 people were killed.
Kashmir Valley, India/Pakistan – 2005
This disaster took place on the 8th of October 2005. It measured as a 7.6 on the Richter scale and claimed the lives of 80,361 people.
Indian Ocean Earthquake – 2004
On Sunday 26th of December in 2004, a massive earthquake was recorded in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Northern Sumatra with a 9.1 recorded on the Richter scale.
The result of this quake sent a devastating tsunami into surrounding countries and resulted in a loss of 227,898 people.
A look into earlier history reveals another earthquake that is closer to home. In 1990, 200 kilometres north of Tehran, an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale claimed 50,000 lives.