The most feared things in the world are natural disasters. Something no one can control and rarely predict, earthquakes cause thousands of deaths, and unrepairable destruction. The worst part is the resulting tsunamis, landslides, fires, and famines that make earthquakes that much scarier when they do occur. Here are the most destructive earthquakes in history that will shake you to your core.
20. NEPAL EARTHQUAKE, NEPAL, 2015
The area between the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Saturday April 25, 2015. The earthquake claimed the lives of at least 5,000 people while injuring 10,000 more. The massive quake also destroyed major monuments in the country.
19. IZMIT EARTHQUAKE, TURKEY, 1990
The northern city of Izmit in Turkey was hit by a devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake on August 17, 1990. The earthquake lasted for only 3.7 seconds. It killed a total of 17,217 people and injured 43,959.
18. MANJIL–RUDBAR EARTHQUAKE, IRAN, 1990
The Manjil–Rudbar 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurred on June 21, 1990. It destroyed 700 villages across the cities of Rudbar, Manjiil, and Lushan. Over 40,000 lives were lost with 60,000 left injured.