Countries with the Most Major Earthquakes

Can you name the 10 modern-day countries who have suffered the most earthquakes of magnitude 7.5 or higher since 1900?
Through January 16, 2020
Manually counted from Wikipedia's list of earthquakes
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Last updated: January 16, 2020
First submittedApril 2, 2014
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Country
28
Indonesia
21
Chile
18
United States
16
Japan
15
Peru
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Country
13
Russia
11
Mexico
10
Papua New Guinea
9
China
8
Philippines
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Level ∞
Apr 2, 2014
The vast majority of major US earthquakes happen in Alaska.
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Level 72
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 80
May 2, 2014
And it is called the "pacific" ocean ^^.
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Level 62
May 3, 2014
:D
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Level 47
Oct 23, 2018
pacific means calm XD
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Level 77
May 2, 2014
8/8, great quiz. It helps to have some knowledge of plate boundaries.
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Level 60
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 45
May 21, 2014
100% within 1:33
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Level 65
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 82
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 78
Sep 7, 2016
It's a very small country.
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Level 82
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 63
Mar 10, 2020
We*
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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 ∞
Jan 16, 2020
New Zealand has 5, tied for 12th.
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Level 63
Mar 10, 2020
Read the description
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Level 66
Sep 7, 2016
Most earthquakes happen at sea, in international waters.
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Level 44
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 62
Mar 10, 2020
Magnitude 0.5 would be impossible to feel, that would be more of a magnitude 3
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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 55
Mar 10, 2020
Bangladesh would have been on the list if it was for Floods instead of Earthquakes
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Level 76
Apr 8, 2020
Bangladesh would have been the only one on the list if it had been 'Countries formerly known as East Pakistan', but it wasn't.
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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 74
Sep 8, 2016
Well whose fault is that??
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Level 63
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 44
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 79
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 79
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 79
Feb 18, 2017
Oops. Above a 7.5 there are 11.
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Level 79
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 ∞
Jan 16, 2020
In the Andaman Sea yes, but not if the epicenter was in Nepal or Myanmar.
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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 61
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 50
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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Level 55
Dec 20, 2019
Usually, Kamchatka and Kuril islands. Also, sometimes around Baikal and sometimes in Caucasus. Thankfully, not many people live there. After all, the most powerful earthquake in Russia, in 1952, only had any fatalities due to resulting tsunami destroying fishing town, killing a third of its' residents. That's why you usually don't hear about earthquakes in Russia.
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Level 41
Oct 26, 2019
surprised there's no new zealand
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2020
Thought of Papua New Guinea, but it seemed to out there to be on this quiz. I was wrong.
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Level 23
Mar 10, 2020
Wait what, Russia has many earthquakes, I never heard of any 🤣
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Level 79
Mar 10, 2020
I'm guessing most of them are far in the east where few people live.
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Level 73
Mar 12, 2020
when will i ever learn? always, always try philippines in quizzes like these. never, i guess.