Largest earthquake to happen with limited effect on human life?
Although these are very debatable because there can be no constant measurement of the earthquakes that go on under the entire ocean but the 1938 Banda Sea earthquake is up there. With a magnitude 8.5 on February 1 there was no deaths and the biggest problems were a pendulum clock stopping and glassware breaking on Banda and Kai islands. Bana Sea is near Indonesia to locate the example.
If you then want to contrast with some others then you can take Haiti, which was only magnitude 7.0 in June 2010 and killed 92,000. You could always take Kashmir 2005, killing 79,000, and was still only a 7.6. this means that it is almost 100 times bigger than Kashmir and still killed nobody.
Also follow @quakestoday for good infomation about the vast majority of earthquakes!
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