This video collection has been prepared by Raghad Rabah
The destructive force of Earthquakes is very apparent, even after the tremors are over. We’ve all seen images and videos of the aftermath, where nothing is left standing. What we do not always see is the actual quake in action. With the increase in camera phones and video surveillance cameras across the globe, more and more footage is being captured of the actual event.
All the below videos were all captured by some form of video surveillance camera (exceptionally other footage), and are ordered by the magnitude of each earthquake. The images captured are not always in the epicenter areas but often at a relatively big distance, which explains why the shaking is often moderate compared to the number of fatalities. The longer the shaking lasts, the more dangerous it will be. Almost no destruction on these videos, just the shaking.
Magnitude data : USGS
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Magnitude 9.0 – Japan – March 11, 2011
I have never seen an earthquake as strong as this. The shaking in an Iwaki street (closer to the epicenter than Tokyo) shows how difficult it is to stay right up in the street. This shaking was going on for a very long time (in earthquake terms).
Magnitude 8.8 – Chile – February 27, 2010
Footage from CCTV shows the ground rumbling beneath it in Chile. The camera shakes violently as the world beneath it does. 525 were killed in this earthquake.
Magnitude 7.9 – Chengdu, Sichuan, China – May 12, 2008
In this video, you can see the security camera shaking violently on a building. Seconds later, everyone in the building evacuates, and goes down the street. The tremors were so violent, that it seems like the first car on the right moves out of its spot. Due to this earthquake, there are 69,195 dead and 374,643 injured.
Magnitude 7.6 – Islamabad, Pakistan – October 8, 2005
This video takes place at the building of LMK Resources. You can see the glass doors shaking violently in the CCTV camera footage, and employees waiting for the automatic glass doors to open. This earthquake resulted in 79,000 dead and 106,000 injured.
Islamabad was located at a distance of 105 km from the epicenter.
Magnitude 7.2 – El Centro, California, USA – April 4, 2010
The security camera catches the building and desks shaking violently for ten seconds before the camera is yanked to the ground, and ceiling tiles fell from the ceiling with every tremor. Four people were killed and 100 were injured.
The epicenter of the earthquake was in Baja California at 65 km from El Centro, location of the video images
Magnitude 7.1 – Van, Turkey – October 23, 2011
In this security camera footage, you can see the city of Van completely black out and people evacuating the buildings within a matter of seconds. Then a building on the right collapses and the whole area is covered in smoke and rubble. 604 were killed on this day and 4,152 were injured.
Magnitude 7.0 – Port-au-Prince, Haiti – January 12, 2010
You can hear the old building collapsing in this video. Walls and columns start falling inside the building, creating heaps of smoke and causing the security cameras to fall to the ground. Luckily, it seems like most of the employees in the building escaped. The earthquake caused 316,000 deaths, 300,000 injuries, and 1,000,000 made homeless (although these numbers are very controversial as scientific studies came out with a far lower number of fatalities). Magnitude Mw 7.0 as reported by USGS
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Magnitude 5.8 – Washington D.C., USA – August 23, 2011
It was a nice summer day, and as usual, the monument had plenty of visitors. At approximately one minute and 30 seconds into the video, the earthquake takes place. From the security camera, you can see the ceiling crumbling from the shaking, and pieces falling on the ground on the surprised visitors. A tall building is probably one of the worst places to be at during an earthquake, seeing as it might lean during the tremble. Only minor injuries were reported, and no deaths. The video was taped in Washington 84 miles from the epicenter.
Magnitude 5.7 – Yunnan, China – June 25, 2012
The security camera records employees running for their lives. Luckily, when they reached the door, the earthquake had stopped. It only lasted for a few seconds. This earthquake killed 4 and injured about 100. Unsure where the shaking videos come from.
Magnitude 6.3 – Christchurch, New Zealand – February 22, 2011
This video shows Christchurch on a normal day, when an earthquake strikes with a 6.3 magnitude, causing the building in the background to collapse partially. The smoke obstructs the view for a bit, and people rush to help whoever is under the rubble. This earthquake killed 185 and injured 1500–2000 people. The video footage comes from Christchurch itself.
Raghad Rabah is with 2M CCTV, a distributor and manufacturer of security cameras and systems.