Deadly earthquakes of December 12 - Peru, Colombia-Ecuador, Pakistan, Indonesia and Afghanistan

M 7.5    1953    Depth 19 km    Peru - killing 7 people
In the Tumbes and Corrales populations (Perú), 6 dead and at least 20 injuries were reported. Many local witnesses perceived a time shaking of about 40 seconds. Numerous material damages to both, Peruvian (San Juan, Zorritos, Santa Cruz, El Alto y Talara) and Ecuadorian (Gonzamaná, Celica, Azogues, Malacatos) villages occurred. Minor damage was reported in the Guayaquil city.
The closeness of the Ecuador to the Subduction Zone (where the Nazca Plate subducts beneath the South American Plate) make it highly susceptible to tectonic and tsunamigenic events. (Source :
Google satellite map of the earthquake area

M 8.1    1979    Depth 23.6 km    Colombia-Ecuador - killing 600 people

The earthquake was centered off the coast at the border of Colombia and Ecuador.
At least 600 people killed, 20,000 reported injured, and extensive damage in the Pasto-Tumaco-Buenaventura area and on Gorgona Island, Colombia.
Felt strongly in northwestern Ecuador. A 3-meter (peak-to-peak) tsunami was reported along the Colombian coast which reportedly caused most of the deaths and damage on Gorgona Island.
The tsunami caused extensive damage to most port cities along the coast of Colombia from Buenaventura south.
Tsunami heights were reported in other parts of the Pacific, but none were large enough to cause damage.
The earthquake was felt strongly in many parts of southern Colombia and northwestern Ecuador, but no casualties or damage were reported in Ecuador.
Google satellite map of the earthquake area

M 4.6    1981    Depth 35 km    Pakistan - killing 6 people
Six people killed, 12 injured, and all 45 houses damaged at Koshkak.
Felt in the Quetta-Mastung area.
Google satellite map of the earthquake area (green arrow)

M 7.7    1992    Depth 28 km    Indonesia - killing 2,519 people

One of the world's deadliest earthquakes.
At least 2,200 people killed or missing in the Flores region, including 1,490 at Maumere and 700 on Babi.
More than 500 people were injured and 40,000 left homeless.
19 people were killed and 130 houses destroyed on Kalaotoa. Severe damage, with approximately 90 percent of the buildings destroyed at Maumere by the earthquake and tsunami; 50 to 80 percent of the structures on Flores were damaged or destroyed.
Damage also occurred on Sumba and Alor. Tsunami run-up of 300 meters with wave heights of 25 meters was reported on Flores along with landslides and ground cracks at several locations around the island.
Felt (V) at Larantuka, Flores; (IV) at Waingapu, Sumba and Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi; (II) at Kupang, Timor.
Google satellite map of the earthquake area

M 6.5    2005    Depth 223.8 km    Afghanistan - Pakistan - killing 6 people
Five people killed at Tili.
At least one person injured at Jalalabad.
At least 300 livestock killed and 100 houses damaged in Badakhshan.
Felt (V) at Charikar, (IV) at Kabul and (III) at Bagrami. Also felt at Asadabad and Baghlan.
Felt strongly at Chitral, (V) at Lahore and Rawalpindi and (IV) at Abottabad and Islamabad, Pakistan.
Also felt at Balakot, Mansehra and Peshawar.
Landslides blocked several roads near Bagh, Kashmir.
Felt at Gilgit and Muzaffarabad.
Several houses damaged at Baramulla, Fariabad and Uri, India. Felt (IV) at Chandigarh. Also felt at Amritsar and New Delhi. Felt at Tash-Kumyr and (V) at Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Felt (IV) at Tashkent, Uzbekistan and (III) at Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Felt at Kashi, China.
Google satellite map of the earthquake area

This page is dedicated to those who lost their life in terrible earthquakes / tsunamis / landslides.
People have forgotten a lot of these human tragedies.
We @ Earthquake Report are hopeful that people in these countries and cities will learn from their history and will make sure that they are building Earthquake Proof houses and that they know what to do when the earth will be shaking again.

QuakeSOS Twitter linkFollow our @ShakingEarth twitter link
- Links to the in-depth articles of
- Automatic alerts of important earthquakes in real time (worldwide)
Try us on twitter and be one of the best informed people on earthquakes in the world