Earthquakes are by no means a rare phenomenon. It’s estimated that the Earth is rocked by around half-a-million quakes each year. Most are clustered around the fault lines that divide the Earth’s tectonic plates, but others form deeper in the mantle and can strike anywhere in the world.

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9. 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
8. 2008 Sichuan Earthquake
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6. Great Tohoku Earthquake
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2. 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake
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