Backgrounder: Chronology of major earthquakes since 2008

10:32, February 28, 2010      

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A massive magnitude-8.8 earthquake hit southern Chile early Saturday, killing at least 78 people and triggering a tsunami and communications and power outages.

The following is a chronology of major earthquakes around the world since 2008:

2008

- Jan. 5, Queen Charlotte Islands Region, 6.6 magnitude;

- Jan. 10, off the coast of Oregon, 6.4 magnitude;

- Feb. 20, Simeulue, Indonesia, 7.4 magnitude;

- Feb. 24, Neveda, 6.0 magnitude;

- Feb. 25, Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia, 7.0 magnitude;

- March 21, Xinjiang-Xizang Border Region, 7.2 magnitude;

- April 9, Loyalty Islands, 7.3 magnitude;

- May 12, China, 8.0 magnitude;

- June 13, Eastern Honshu, Japan, 6.9 magnitude;

- July 19, off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan, 7.0 magnitude;

- Oct. 6, Kyrgyzstan, 6.6 magnitude;

- Oct. 11, Russia, 6.3 magnitude;

- Oct. 29, Pakistan, 6.4 magnitude;

- Nov. 16, Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia, 7.3 magnitude;

- Dec. 20, off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan, 6.3 magnitude.

2009

- Jan. 3, near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia, 7.6 magnitude;

- Feb. 11, Kepulauan Taland, Indonesia, 7.2 magnitude;

- March 19, Tonga Region, 7.9 magnitude;

- April 6, Italy, 6.3 magnitude;

- May 28, Honduras, 7.3 magnitude;

- June 23, Papua New Guinea, 6.7 magnitude;

- July 15, New Zealand, 7.8 magnitude;

- Aug. 10, Andaman Islands, India, 7.5 magnitude;

- Sept. 29, Samoa Islands region, 8.1 magnitude;

- Oct. 7, Santa Crus Islands, 7.8 magnitude;

- Nov. 9, Fiji, 7.3 magnitude;

- Dec. 19, Taiwan, China, 6.4 magnitude.

2010

- Jan. 3, Solomon Islands, 7.1 magnitude;

- Jan. 12, Haiti, 7.3 magnitude;

- Jan. 26, Ryukur Islands, Japan, 7.0 magnitude;

- Feb. 27, Chile, 8.8 magnitude.

Source:Xinhua
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