Top 10 Worst Earthquakes in Indian History

An earthquake is the noticeable shake of the earth’s crust, resulting from the abrupt release of energy from the crust which creates seismic waves. These quakes can be either mild or harsh or sometimes even unnoticeable. The earthquakes are identified with a sensitive instrument called as seismometer. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is found beneath sea, there are possibilities of tsunamis which causes mass destruction. The quakes cause huge loss to the infrastructure, results in loss of countless lives and makes the economy of the country poorer. The after effects of a huge quake can bring in new diseases, mental consequences such as panic attacks etc. Though India is not in an earthquake prone region, it has witnessed numerous quakes.

Here is the list of Top 10 Worst Earthquakes in Indian History.

10. Koyna earthquake, 1967

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Koyna is a place located in Maharashtra. This place witnessed one of the worst quakes that has hit India. The quake hit the town on 11 December, 1967 and took the town in a whisker. The 6.5 Richter scale quake claimed the lives of 180 and injured more than 1500 and left many others homeless. The reason for the quake was reservoir-triggered seismic activities.

9. Uttarkashi quake, 1991


This quake occurred on 20 October, 1991 in Uttarkashi and Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The 6.8 scaled quake was centered from the cold Himalayas. This heavy quake took the life of about 1000 innocent people and more than 300,000 people were affected by the quake. The reason for this severe earthquake is the thrust system of the Himalaya mountain ranges.

8. Assam earthquake, 1897


This quake occurred on June 12, 1897 in Assam. The quake measured 8.3 in Richter scale and one of the heaviest quakes India has ever encountered. Though the quake was heavy, the mortality rate was low. The quake claimed 1500 lives and left many injured and unsheltered. The tremors of this quake was felt in Pakistan too. Thus this is in 8th position.

7. Assam quake, 1950


This quake occurred on 15th August, 1950. The quake had its epicenter in Rima, Tibet. This was a bigger quake in terms of magnitude with the seismometer measuring 8.6 Richter. The quake vaporized the life of 1526 innocent people and left lakhs homeless. This was caused due to the collision of continental plates. This was the 6th worst quake that occurred in the 20th century in terms of magnitude.

6. Latur quake, 1993


The quake struck the Maharahtran town of Latur on 30 September, 1993. Fifty two villages were buried underneath by the intraplate earthquake. This quake measured 6.4 in Richter scale and took the lives of more than 10,000 people. The quakes hypocenter was 10 km below the ground, which is shallow, allowing more seismic waves to hit ground, thus causing major damage.

5. Kangra quake, 1905


This quake occurred in the beautiful valley of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The quake struck on 4th April, 1905 with a magnitude of 7.8. This quake killed more than 20,000 people and destroyed all or most of the buildings in the nearby region. The epicenter again was in the thrust of Himalayan mountain ranges due to the collision path of continental plates. It is one amongst the Top 10 Worst Earthquakes in Indian History.

4. Gujarat earthquake, 2001


This quake is also known as the Bhuj quake as the epicenter of the quake was in Bhuj, Gujarat. The quake struck on the Republic day of 2001 with a magnitude of 7.7 and killed about 20,000 people. The quake left about 160,000 severely injured and left about 400,000 people homeless. This was one of the worst earthquakes that India has witnessed in recent times.

3. Bihar earthquake, 1934


This was one of the worst earthquakes in the history of India. The quake struck on 15 January, 1934 with the epicenter located at Nepal. The quake hit with a magnitude of 8.7 and claimed the lives of about 12,000 people and left many food less and shelter less. The quake was caused due to the thrusts in the Himalayan mountain ranges.

2. Kashmir quake, 2005


This quake hit the places in Kashmir on 4th October 2005 with the epicenter being in Muzzafarbad, Pakistan. The quake hit with a magnitude of 7.6, which is considered to be a severe quake in terms of magnitude. This quake claimed the lives of about 130,000 people and left millions of people homeless. The tremors of the quakes were felt in Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

1. Tsunami, 2004


This is the worst natural disaster that has occurred in recent past times and had caused major destruction and loss of lives. This quake hit on 26 December, 2004 with the epicenter at Sumatra, Indonesia. The magnitude of the quake was 9.3 and caused Tsunami waves of height 100 ft. It claimed the lives of about 50,000 Indians of the 230,000 lives in total and left millions of people injured. The scenes of this calamity were very terrible could give tremor to the bravest too.

This was the list of the most disastrous Earthquakes recorded ever in the history of India. The losses of life, livestock, food, land, crops, houses due to the havoc created by the Earthquake is catastrophic. In the future too, the Earth has to protected from widespread destruction due to pollution and has to be taken care of so that it can sustain the generations to come.

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