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Major Earthquakes around the World, 2009

The following table lists the date, location, and magnitude of major earthquakes around the world during 2009.

Date Location Magnitude 1
Jan. 3 North Coast of Papua, Indonesia 7.6
Jan. 15 East of Kuril Islands 7.4
Feb. 11 Kepulauan Talud, Indonesia 7.2
March 19 Tonga Region 7.6
April 6 Central Italy 6.3
May 18 Greater Los Angeles area, California 4.7
May 25 North Korea 4.7
May 28 Offshore Honduras 7.3
July 15 New Zealand 7.6
Aug. 3 Gulf of California 6.9
Aug. 9 Izu Islands, Japan Region 7.1
Aug. 10 Andaman Islands, India Region 7.6
Sept. 2 Java, Indonesia 7.0
Sept. 21 Bhutan 6.1
Sept. 29 Samoa Islands Region 8.0
Sept. 30 Southern Sumatra, Indonesia 7.6
Source: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology:
Earthquake Events 2009: IRIS

NOTE: A major earthquake is defined here as having a magnitude of 6.0 or more.
1. Unless otherwise indicated, magnitudes listed are moment magnitudes, the newest, most uniformly applicable magnitude scale.

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