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A magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Ecuador's central coast on Saturday. The country's vice president called it the strongest to hit the country in decades. Here is a list of some of the world's strongest earthquakes since 1900:

-22 May, 1960: A magnitude-9.5 earthquake in southern Chile and ensuing tsunami kill at least 1,716 people.

The 1960 earthquake in soutern Chile. File photo. AP

The 1960 earthquake in soutern Chile. File photo. AP

-28 March, 1964: A magnitude-9.2 quake in Prince William Sound, Alaska, kills 131 people, including 128 from a tsunami.

Prince William-Sound in the aftermath of the earthquake.Image courtesy: Twitter/@Know

Prince William-Sound in the aftermath of the earthquake.Image courtesy: Twitter/@Know

-26 December, 2004: A magnitude-9.1 quake in Indonesia triggers an Indian Ocean tsunami, killing 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

-11 March, 2011: A magnitude-9.0 quake off the northeast coast of Japan triggers a tsunami, killing more than 18,000 people.

The earthquake in Japan. File photo. Reuters

The earthquake in Japan. File photo. Reuters

-4 November, 1952: A magnitude-9.0 quake in Kamchatka in Russia's Far East causes damage but no reported deaths despite setting off 9.1-meter (30-foot) waves in Hawaii.

-27 February, 2010: A magnitude-8.8 quake shakes Chile, generating a tsunami and killing 524 people.

The 2010 earthquake in Chile. File photo. AFP

The 2010 earthquake in Chile. File photo. AFP

-31 January, 1906: A magnitude-8.8 quake off the coast of Ecuador generates a tsunami that kills at least 500 people.

-4 February, 1965: A magnitude-8.7 quake strikes Alaska's Rat Islands, causing an 11-meter (35-foot) -high tsunami.

-28 March, 2005: A magnitude-8.6 quake in northern Sumatra in Indonesia kills about 1,300 people.

-15 August, 1950: A magnitude-8.6 earthquake in Tibet kills at least 780 people.

-11 April, 2012: A magnitude-8.6 quake off the west coast of northern Sumatra in Indonesia triggers tsunami warnings in more than two dozen nations.

-9 March, 1957: A magnitude-8.6 quake strikes the Andreanof Islands in Alaska triggers a 16-meter (52-foot) -high tsunami.

-12 September, 2007: A magnitude-8.5 quake near Sumatra in Indonesia kills at least 25 people.

-1 February, 1938: A magnitude-8.5 quake in Banda Sea, Indonesia, generates a small tsunami.

-3 February, 1923: A magnitude-8.5 quake in Kamchatka in Russia's Far East triggers a tsunami.

-11 November, 1922: A magnitude-8.5 quake along the Chile-Argentina border triggers a tsunami that causes damage along Chile's coast.

-13 October, 1963: A magnitude-8.5 quake in the Kuril Islands triggers a tsunami.

-16 September, 2015: A magnitude-8.3 earthquake in Illapel, Chile, killing 14 people.

-12 December, 1979: A magnitude-8.2 earthquake near the Ecuadorean port city of Tumaco. It triggered a tsunami.

 

Recent major earthquakes:

-April 25, 2015: a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people.

-March 2, 2016: A magnitude-7.8 earthquake strikes in the Indian Ocean, 800 kilometers (500 miles) southwest of Sumatra in Indonesia. Tsunami warnings were briefly issued for Indonesia and Australia.

-April 16, 2016: A magnitude-7.8 earthquake on Ecuador's central coast near the town of Muisne.

First Published On : Apr 18, 2016 11:52 IST

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