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Major Earthquakes around the World, 1998

DateLocationMagnitude1
Jan. 4Loyalty Islands region
(S. Pacific Sea)
7.4
Jan. 30Near coast, northern Chile7.0
March 25Balleny Islands region7.7
March 29Fiji Islands region7.2
April 1Off coast, southern Chile7.0
May 3Southeast of Taiwan7.4
July 16Santa Cruz Islands
(S. Pacific Sea)
7.1
July 17Papua New Guinea7.12
Aug 4Near coast of Ecuador7.12
Aug. 20Bonnin Islands, Japan7.0
Nov. 9Banda Sea, near Indonesia7.0
Nov. 29Ceram Sea, near Indonesia7.8
Nov. 29Molucca Sea, Indonesia7.6
NOTE: A major earthquake is defined here as having a magnitude of 7.0 or more. 1. Unless otherwise indicated, magnitudes listed are moment magnitudes, the newest, most uniformly applicable magnitude scale. 2. Surface wave magnitude. Source: National Earthquake Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey.

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