The 5 Deadliest Earthquakes Since 2000
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The 5 Deadliest Earthquakes Since 2000

The 5 dealiest earthquakes since 2000.

Earthquakes are caused by a release of energy in the Earth's crust (usually) that results in ground tremors, crevices and  fissures that can crater roads, bring down buildings and create general havoc for civilization. Earthquakes create seismic waves from the point of rupture (hypocenter) that spread out over the earth on land and sea. Once the shaking ground reaches the oceans the possibility of a tsunami becomes another result of this natural phenomenon. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides, avalanches, floods and may stir up volcanic activity in some instances.

Earthquakes have been historically a natural event that happens when the some type of pressure causes a geological fault to crack open; although in our present age, nuclear experiment blasts, mining explosions and HARRP are attributed to triggering some earthquake activity. Recent devastating earthquakes have conspiracy theorists proposing that U.S government experiments of the weather altering project HARRP are causing earthquakes and other natural diasters worldwide. Some people believe UFO appearances are common before and during recent quakes and may be involved with the disasters.

The magnitude of the seismic waves generating from the epicenter of an earthquake are measured on the Mercalli scale or Richter scale that are used by scientists to determine severity of the event. Earthquakes of the extreme 8.5 or 9.1 magnitude are not the only seismic events that cause great damage.

Earthquakes have changed the course of human life many times over the course of centuries past. They have ended civilzations and caught the mindset of ficitional writers, while becoming deeply embedded in the urban mythology of humankind.

Here are the facts about the 5 deadliest earthquakes since 2000:

1. Jan. 22, 2001 a 7.6 magnitude quake killed 20,000 (est.) people in Gurjarat, India

2.  Jan. 26, 2004 a 9.1 magnitude quake killed 227,898 people in Sumatra

3.  Oct. 8, 2005 a 7.6 magnitude quake killed over 86,000 people in Pakistan

4.  May 12, 2008 a 7.9 magnitude quake hit Eastern Sichuan, China and killed and estimated 87,587 people\

5.  Jan. 12, 2010 a 7 magnitude quake killed over 222,000 people in Haiti

These magnitudes were measured by the historical Richter Scale.

The United States Geological Survey has been keeping track of the deadliest earthquakes around the world since 1900, if you want more information go to their website - and investigate these powerful events.

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As a Christian I believe that earthquake is the sign of End Time. Thanks anyway.

As a Christian I believe that earthquake is the sign of End Time. Thanks anyway.


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