Major Earthquakes around the World, 2005

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
Feb. 5Celebes Sea7.1
March 2Banda Sea7.1
March 28Northern Sumatra, Indonesia8.7
June 13Tarapaca, Chile7.8
June 15Off coast of northern California7.2
July 24Nicobar Islands, India 7.3
Aug. 16Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan7.2
Sept. 9New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea7.7
Sept. 26Northern Peru7.5
Oct. 8Pakistan7.6
Nov. 14Off coast of Honshu, Japan7.0
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.
Source: National Earthquake Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey. Web:

See also The Ten Largest Earthquakes of the Century and The Largest Earthquakes in the United States.

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