Countries with Earthquake Deaths

Name the countries that have suffered more than 1,000 earthquake-related deaths in the 21st century.
Includes tsunamis caused by earthquakes
Numbers are ballpark figures based on this list as of 31 December 2021
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Last updated: December 31, 2021
First submittedMay 30, 2015
Times taken48,561
Average score61.5%
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Country
150,000
Indonesia
130,000
Haiti
92,000
China
88,000
Pakistan
35,000
Sri Lanka
33,000
India
28,000
Iran
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Country
21,000
Japan
9,200
Nepal
5,400
Thailand
2,300
Algeria
1,700
Afghanistan
1,300
El Salvador
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Level 21
Jun 20, 2015
I'm surprised Chile isn't an this list. They get a lot of deadly earthquakes because of the subduction zone next to them.
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Level 75
Jun 20, 2015
Chile did have quite a few earthquakes, but not many of them had a lot of fatalities in the 21st century. Had this quiz included the 20th century as well, it would definitaly have been there. I was surprised as well, i even typed Chile twice to be sure I didn't just do a spelling error the first time, had to look it up after.
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Level 83
Jun 20, 2015
I thought Turkey would make it, and since they include tsunami deaths probably Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Myanmar as well.
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Level 34
Jun 5, 2016
I tried Bangladesh and Malaysia , suprised they aren't there. Same with Philippines
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Level 83
Feb 8, 2017
I don't recall the Philippines getting hit with many earthquakes or tsunamis. They have more problems with volcanoes and typhoons.
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Level 80
Feb 8, 2017
The big Marmara Earthquake was in 1999 so not in the 21st century. There was 2011 Van Earthquake in Eastern Anatolia but there was 650 losses.
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Level 41
Mar 17, 2019
Malaysia and Singapore are shielded by Indonesia from Tsunamis, and aren't on any fault line, which makes them pretty safe. The worst problem was only during 2003 - 2004 where a flash flood from a nearby Tsunami hit.
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Level 31
Jun 20, 2015
I know! I typed Chile, and kept retyping. I tried to find out how I screwed up the spelling because I was so sure that Chile would be there. :)
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Level 30
Jun 20, 2015
Chile is known for having the largest earthquake in the world (magnitude 9.5 in 1960). But there are subduction zones all along the Pacific, including one off the coast of the Pacific Northwest/Southwest B.C.
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Level 63
Jun 20, 2017
Right where i live
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Level 33
Jan 2, 2022
Luckily I don't live there. I live way over here in India
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Level 26
Sep 14, 2022
Imagine living in america where no earth quakes hit
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Level 81
Nov 22, 2015
People rarely die from earthquakes in Chile, even though they're huge. Also it probably helps that there are relatively few people and the density is scarce.
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Level 83
Sep 20, 2017
Right it's a combination of earthquake magnitude and frequency, population total and density, quality of building construction, and disaster preparedness.
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Level 71
Feb 9, 2017
Maybe it helps that our buildings are constructed for these reasons plus we are teached what to do after an earthquake/tsunami
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Level 53
Oct 30, 2017
I was thinking that too!
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Level 26
Sep 14, 2022
They even got the strongest earthquake ever
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Level 70
Jun 20, 2015
Looking at this really reminds you of how many deadly earthquakes have happened over the past fifteen years. Nepal, Japan and Haiti were especially recent.
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Level 50
Jun 20, 2015
I enjoyed your quiz very good
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Level 56
Jun 21, 2015
Algeria, really? The only countries in Africa that I thought to list were on the Indian Ocean coast. It never occurred to me to look to the north.
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Level 26
Sep 14, 2022
I didn’t even know the locals even heard of one
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Level 65
Jun 27, 2015
Missed Haiti

*Facepalm*

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Level 26
Sep 14, 2022
I missed it too and realized they had a big 2010 quake
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Level 71
Jun 5, 2016
Needs to be updated to include Ecuador.
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Level ∞
Feb 4, 2017
Still less than 1,000.
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Level 26
Sep 10, 2016
That's extremely sad that 47 percent of people forgot about Haiti
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Level 36
Feb 13, 2017
Often cited as the poorest country in the world, it appears as though Haiti is forgotten about on many levels.
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Level 72
Jun 26, 2017
"Poorest country in the world". You mean the Western hemisphere?
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Level 43
Jan 6, 2022
I'd say there aren't very many countries in the Eastern Hemisphere that are poorer.
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Level 26
Sep 14, 2022
There’s Burundi and other African countries
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Level 44
Nov 26, 2016
got Algeria with 8 seconds left... xD
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Level 82
Feb 8, 2017
I find it interesting that Haiti is on this list, but the Dominican Republic is not.
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Level 77
Feb 8, 2017
Haiti's quake was a shallow one, and the epicenter was too far away from more populated regions of the DR to do as much damage. Also, the quake hit near heavily-populated Port-au-Prince in an area with many poorly-constructed buildings which drove the fatality count even higher. I know a medic who rode out the quake in an apartment building, and discovered his was the only building left standing in the entire area.
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Level 37
Feb 8, 2017
Can't believe I missed Haiti omg.
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Level 40
Feb 8, 2017
How does Nepal get tsunamis when it's landlocked
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Level 83
Feb 8, 2017
They don't.
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Level 66
Feb 8, 2017
Doesn't only count if deaths were from tsunamis. The quiz is earthquake deaths.
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Level 67
Aug 27, 2019
I didnt even realize tsunamis were included until i read the comments. But dont think i would ve gotten el salvador and algeria still, with that knowledge.

and how did you /he managed to read the caveat but not the quiz title??

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Level 19
Sep 20, 2017
they don't but south asia gets mass flooding, even affecting nepal
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Level 50
Mar 17, 2019
They do, but this quiz doesn't count that.
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Level 25
Jan 2, 2022
They should make it atmospheric lock too
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Level 48
Feb 8, 2017
I was frantically typing countries in for the last one until I hit Thailand with 2 seconds left.

It's interesting how one is at 48 percent and then the next two are 8 and 7 percent.

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Level 58
Feb 9, 2017
Same here!
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Level 34
Feb 8, 2017
When you somehow forget Afghanistan
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Level 76
Mar 16, 2019
Along with 51% of quiz takers.
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Level 71
Apr 5, 2017
Near the end of time I tried every Central American Country ........ except El Salvador.
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Level 22
Apr 5, 2017
13/15, would of never guessed Algeria. Thought Chile would be on here. ;o
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Level 76
Mar 16, 2019
have*
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Level 27
Apr 16, 2019
i am so happy i just wrote some random countries at the end. I somehow got Algeria but no Haiti..
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Level 59
Aug 22, 2017
WOW, not many of same countries appear on the other quiz, Countries With Most Earthquakes.
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Level 45
Sep 20, 2017
Forgot Sri Lanka but got Algeria
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Level 61
Aug 23, 2019
You forgot the Chile
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Level 83
Oct 2, 2019
Guatemala? No. Honduras? No. Nicaragua? No. Okay, I'll leave Central America. Dang it, El Salvador!
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Level 74
Oct 2, 2019
How do only 53% get Haiti?
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Level 67
Jan 3, 2022
That's what happens when the other 47% don't remember, guess, or know the answer.
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Level 52
Oct 3, 2019
Sri Lanka was heavily affected due to 2004 tsunami even to make this list of earthquake related deaths even though Sri Lanka never experiences earthquakes.
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Level 71
Jan 2, 2022
In the last 5 years: Sri Lanka was hit by 10 earthquakes the strongest being 2017 magnitude of 5.7. In 1983 Sri Lanka had an earthquake of 7.7 and had 72 earthquakes in that year.
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Level 35
Jan 2, 2022
Huh, I guessed Morocco and Nicaragua instead of Algeria and El Salvador
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Level 59
Jan 3, 2022
Interesting
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Level 67
Jan 3, 2022
I know Hispaniola is a big island, but it's striking that one side of the island suffered the scale of tragedy like Haiti's 130,000+ dead and meanwhile its neighbor the Dominican Republic doesn't register (thankfully) for this quiz.
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Level 49
Jan 3, 2022
Luckily there was a lot of time, I could spam type most countries I could think of that could possibly have earthquakes and got them all like that.
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Level 59
Jan 3, 2022
Fair