Deadly earthquakes of December 20 - Turkey, Japan, Colombia and New Zealand

M 7.2   1942    Depth 35 km    Turkey - killing 3,000 people

About 5,000 buildings destroyed or damaged in the Erbaa-Niksar area.
Surface faulting, with as much as 1.7 m (5.7 ft) of horizontal displacement, occurred in the North Anatolian Fault Zone from Niksar in the Kelkit River Valley to the Yesilirmak River west of Erbaa.
Note that this quake occurred immediately to the west of the rupture zone of the 1939 Erzincan earthquake.
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M 8.1   1946    Depth ? km    Japan - killing 2,000 people

More than 2,600 people injured and 100 missing: over 36,000 houses destroyed or severely damaged in southern Honshu and on Shikoku. An additional 2,100 houses were washed away by a tsunami, which reached heights of 5-6 m (16-20 ft) on the east coast of the Kii Peninsula, Honshu and on the east and south coasts of Shikoku.
Landslides, ground fissures, uplift and subsidence were observed in the area.
The quake was felt from northern Honshu to Kyushu.
Google satellite map of the earthquake area

Colombia earthquakes

M 6.9   1961    Depth 162.9 km    Colombia - killing 23 people
This subduction earthquake occurred in Colombia's coffee zone and killed 23 people, injured a lot more and damaged a lot of infrastructure and residential houses.
The same location was many year's later even hit by a more cruel earthquake killing hundrerds of people.
Google satellite map of the earthquake area (green arrow)

M 6.6   2007    Depth 20 km    New Zealand - killing 1 person
One person died of a heart attack, 3 buildings collapsed and several heavily damaged (VII), a main road damaged and power outages occurred at Gisborne.
Felt (VII) at Mangapapa and Whataupoko; (VI) at Kaiti; (V) at Edgecumbe and Wairoa; (IV) at Blenheim, Hastings, Kapiti, Napier, Tauranga, Wanganui and Whakatane; (III) at Lower Hutt, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Taupo, Te Puke, Upper Hutt and Wellington; (II) at Christchurch and Nelson.
Also felt at Auckland, Dannevirke, Leeston, Levin, Marton, North Shore, Opotiki, Otaki, Porirua and Waipukurau.
Google satellite map of the earthquake area

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