The most devastating earthquakes of all time

Richter Scale Day is celebrated on April 26 to honor the work of seismologist Charles Francis Richter

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26/04/22 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Natural disasters

Every year, thousands of tiny tremors are recorded all over the planet, some of which are so small that they go unnoticed. However, some earthquakes are remembered throughout history for being so destructive that they leave devastating consequences.

The latest is a 7.4-magnitude earthquake that has killed at least four after hitting off the coast of Japan's Fukushima prefecture on March 16. You may remember that this is the same area that was also hit by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that resulted in a nuclear power plant meltdown.

More on that earthquake and many others in the following gallery. Click through to see the highest magnitude earthquakes in history.

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