Natural disasters are already pretty terrifying, but when they claim the lives of thousands of individuals during their chaotic outbreak, they are devastating. Throughout history, there have been numerous earthquakes that stood out in the eyes of the public. Countries all over the world try to do everything they can to support the affected country by sending supplies, aid, and money for rebuilding, but the loss of life can never be replaced. These are twenty of the worst earthquakes to occur within the history of mankind.
In 1960, Valdivia felt the tremors of an earthquake with a rating of 9.5, which is the equivalent of 178-Gigatons of power. The power of the quake was felt within Hawaii, which is 435 miles away. 6,000 people died, and nearly $1 billion in damages destroyed the city.
In 1556, Shaanxi, China, felt one of the deadliest earthquakes in history. The natural disaster affected around 520 miles in total, was felt in 97 countries, and resulted in 20 meter-deep crevices and landslides. The death toll was around 830,000, which was nearly 60-percent of the local population at the time.
On December 26th, 2004, a massive earthquake slammed into the sea bed in the Indian Ocean. The magnitude of the quake was around 9.1 to 9.3, or around 32-Gigatons, and also caused the Boxing Day Tsunami. The death toll of the quake was between 100,00 and 225,000, and cost $7 billion in rescue and damages.
In 1138, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.5 struck Aleppo, Syria. It was counted as the fourth worst earthquake in the world. The death of 230,000 was the major toll from the quake, and a local church fell, causing the deaths of 600 more guards and civilians. Towns nearby the impact point were completely destroyed, too.