Earth is filled with more energy than a billion breakfast bars; energy that needs to let it out. An earthquake can be as disastrous as an atomic bomb and can completely change a landscape. Below we have collated a selection of images which convey the devastating effects an earthquake can have. On the 4th September 2010, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the south island of New Zealand. The epicentre of the quake was 25 miles west of New Zealand's second largest city, Christchurch. This image shows Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital before it was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on the 12th January 2010.
The Haitian government reported that over 316,000 people had been killed by the earthquake and over 1 million made homeless due to the annihilation of thousands of buildings. The San Francisco earth quake of 1906 was the largest and worst ever to hit the city; over 3000 people died. The economic impact of the quake was similar in scale and scope to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina of 2005. The 1960 Valdivia earthquake, also known as The Great Chilean Earthquake is to date the most powerful ever recorded quake, measuring 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale.
On the 8th October 2005, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

With a magnitude of 9.3, the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake is the third largest earthquake ever recorded. The above image shows the coastal town of Natori before being struck by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. The earthquake and ensuing tsunami completely wiped this coastal town from the face of the Earth.
A night space shot of the Japanese islands really brings home the scale of the destruction. There are very few disasters that are as unpredictable as an earthquake and as long as you’re on this planet you could be caught in one. Make sure wherever you are that you have adequate emergency supplies and a strong shelter to go to.
If all this discussion of disaster has left you feeling somewhat sad then try indulging in this safer kind of EARTHQUAKE. The USA governments initiative to protect citizens from natural disasters including Earthquakes. Fortunately due to most buildings being reinforced and the quake occurring at night only 2 people were seriously injured.
The epicentre of the quake was only 16 miles west of the city and caused incredible destruction.
Historians believe that it could have been of a 9.0 magnitude and was also incredibly deadly, claiming the lives of over 100,000 people.

Destroying many homes and businesses in the region, the earthquake took almost 75,000 lives. The earthquake and resulting tsunami took the lives of over 310,000 people making it the sixth most deadly earthquake ever and left over half a million people homeless.
The quake cost Japan over 34.6 billion US dollars and took the lives of over 15,000 people.
We urge and encourage everyone to have emergency supplies on hand for everyone in the family, office, school and vehicle(s).
The epicenter was near Lumaco (see map), approximately 570 kilometres (350 mi) south of Santiago, with Valdivia being the most affected city. We live in a world of uncertainty and it's my goal to help provide all of North America with Earthquake Kits and disaster supplies in an easy, fast and affordable manner using our reliable online store for your convenience - One Stop Shop for All your Earthquake Preparedness Needs.
The tremor caused localised tsunamis that severely battered the Chilean coast, with waves up to 25 metres (82 ft).
Waves as high as 10.7 metres (35 ft) were recorded 10,000 kilometres (6,200 mi) from the epicenter, and as far away as Japan and the Philippines.

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