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Countries with the Most Earthquakes

More than half of major earthquakes happen in just 8 countries. Can you name the countries?
# = Magnitude 7.5 or higher earthquakes
1900 through July 10, 2016
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First submittedApril 2, 2014
Last updatedJuly 10, 2016
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Country
24
Indonesia
18
Japan
17
Chile
15
United States
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Country
13
Peru
11
Russia
10
China
9
Mexico
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level ∞
Apr 2, 2014
The vast majority of major US earthquakes happen in Alaska.
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level 65
Mar 1, 2015
To be fair, it depended on where you were in Virginia for that earthquake. We're about ten miles from the epicenter and it did some real damage. The numerous aftershocks were no big deal, but the original did more than knock over a couple of lawn chairs, smartypants.
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level 49
Sep 8, 2016
Idk I'm in Maryland and literally nothing happened more then a mild shake that some might have felt and people STILL talk about it. :)
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level 42
Mar 28, 2017
I live in Delaware and remember hearing about the Virginia quake. I myself didn't feel it, but multiple family members around the area did.
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level 70
Apr 3, 2014
That must be why hardly anyone lives there :-)
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level 71
May 2, 2014
I can think of a few other reasons too.
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level 37
May 2, 2014
Palin?
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level 77
May 2, 2014
And it is called the "pacific" ocean ^^.
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level 60
May 3, 2014
:D
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level 42
Oct 23, 2018
pacific means calm XD
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level 46
May 2, 2014
Nice quiz. You could add some more to make it more difficult. I got tem all with 2:30 left.
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level ∞
May 2, 2014
These 8 countries account for most of the major earthquakes. Beyond these 8, it gets a little murkier. I think Solomon islands was high on the list, but only because its territory encompasses a large part of the Pacific. In any case, expanding it beyond 8 involved making judgement calls which I didn't want to do.
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level 75
Sep 7, 2016
With all the fracking, Oklahoma may some day make the list. Hopefully they will never be major ones.
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level 57
Sep 7, 2016
But Oklahoma isn't a country
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level 51
Sep 8, 2016
It's not?!
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level 76
Feb 18, 2017
With the new head of the EPA hopefully the entire country will soon experience the 1000% increase in earthquakes that Oklahoma got to enjoy.
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level 53
Nov 6, 2017
Oklahoma, although not a country, will have more earthquakes than the Pacific combined, making it more notable than other countries :)
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level 45
Mar 17, 2019
So sad. I hate fracking.
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level 73
May 2, 2014
8/8, great quiz. It helps to have some knowledge of plate boundaries.
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level 56
May 2, 2014
All part of the Ring of Fire. Very interesting.
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level 37
May 2, 2014
I don't know why I didn't add this on my last comment, but I can't believe I forgot Mexico. I can't believe that because I visited a beach near Mexicali in April 2010, and they got hit by a 7.0 quake when I was there. Since I was on a poorly made beach hotel, the whole building swayed, and it was freaking scary.
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level 37
May 21, 2014
100% within 1:33
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level 60
Jun 25, 2014
wow, I think Indonesia is the country (of these listed) in which I would least like to experience an earthquake too... an earthquake is bad enough on a large continent, but on some little island... scary!
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level 79
Sep 12, 2016
Indonesia has some rather large islands.
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level 19
Oct 27, 2014
I'm surprised New Zealand isn't on there
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level ∞
Jul 10, 2016
New Zealand has had 3
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level 75
Sep 7, 2016
It's a very small country.
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level 79
Sep 12, 2016
Well, not really so small, more that 7.5 is a pretty high threshold for earthquakes.
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level 40
Jul 28, 2016
Where is New Zealand? Us here in New Zealand have a fair amount of strong earthquakes.
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level 37
Sep 7, 2016
What about New Zealand? We have more earthquakes then all of you put together! Remember Christchurch!!
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level 23
Sep 7, 2016
Japan gets a lot of earthquakes, and a lot of severe ones
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level 79
Sep 7, 2016
What percentage of the world's land area is represented by those 8 countries?
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level 70
Sep 7, 2016
What's the source? It'd be good to have a similar quiz but with '# earthquakes/area'
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level ∞
Sep 7, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_20th-century_earthquakes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_21st-century_earthquakes
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level 66
Sep 7, 2016
Most earthquakes happen at sea, in international waters.
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level 43
Sep 7, 2016
Does anyone remember the miniquake when Leicester fans celebrated scoring a goal last year? I think that got to a magnitude of 0.5 or something like that.
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level 46
Sep 7, 2016
I often guess Malaysia, Philippines and Bangladesh - and forget about Indonesia.
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level 42
Sep 7, 2016
good quiz, I'm surprised how little time took me to solve it, 2:05 left
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level 71
Sep 8, 2016
Well whose fault is that??
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level 61
Sep 11, 2016
Hehe. I grew up on a fault line in Wellington, felt lots of earthquakes, we used to have earthquake drills at school every year.
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level 39
Feb 18, 2017
6/8! I'm surprised not to see countries such as Nepal, India, Ecuador, Philippines, Pakistan and so on and so forth
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level 76
Feb 18, 2017
The countries on this quiz all have two things in common. 1. They border the "ring of fire" in the Pacific Ocean. 2. They are very large, with lots of area within which for earthquakes to occur. The Philippines and Ecuador might make the cut if they were substantially larger in area, but they're not. India would probably make the cut if the subduction zone along the Himalayas saw as much tectonic activity as the ring of fire, but it doesn't. I think it's probably close, though.
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level 76
Feb 18, 2017
Then again, this Wikipedia page lists 16 major earthquakes (above a 7.0) to have affected India since 1900.
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level 76
Feb 18, 2017
Oops. Above a 7.5 there are 11.
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level 76
Feb 18, 2017
and maybe QM wasn't counting them because the epicenter of several were in Nepal, Myanmar, the Andaman Sea or elsewhere.
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level 23
Jul 11, 2018
I answer all the right ones because all of them are on the ring of fire.
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level 60
Jul 11, 2018
In which part o f Russia does occurs so many earthquakes? In the pacific coast I guess, maybe in Kamchatka peninsula.
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level 44
Dec 16, 2018
Yes, because that part lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire. There are several volcanoes round there, too.
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level 45
Mar 17, 2019
I was surprised by Russia as well, but I guess it's such a big country there were bound to parts of it on a subduction zone.
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