When Mother Nature shrugs, the shockwaves are felt across the globe. The disaster in Haiti was one of the deadliest tragedies in history while the more powerful, yet less deadly, quake that rocked Chile reportedly shifted the Earth's axis to the point that the day actually became shorter. Both of these catastrophes have provided people with all-too-recent reminders of the vulnerability that exists at every fault line throughout the globe and highlighted the importance that proper construction, building codes, urban planning and disaster preparedness can have in terms of saving lives. This article presented some of the deadliest earthquakes throughout history. This include: 1. 856, Damghan, Iran, 200,000 deaths, 2. 1138, Aleppo, Syria, 280,000 deaths, 3. 1556, Shansi, China, 830,000 deaths, 4. 2004, Indian Ocean (Near Sumatra), 227,898 deaths, and 5. 2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 230,000 deaths.
The Deadliest Earthquakes Jared Wade Risk Management; Apr 2010; 57, 3; Docstoc pg. 18 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Furt
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