The most devastating earthquakes of all time
In the wake of Indonesia's deadly disaster
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 United States Geological Survey is an international organization that monitors seismic activity all over the world. As well as carrying out day to day research, specialists also study the effects of past earthquakes to determine their magnitude.
In light of the recent devastating quake in Indonesia, click through to see the highest magnitude earthquakes in history.
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