On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m. local time (05:46 UTC), a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan. The epicenter was 80 miles (130 kilometers) east of Sendai, and 231 miles (373 km) northeast of Tokyo. If initial measurements are confirmed, it will be the world%u2019s fifth largest earthquake since 1900 and the worst in Japan's history. This image of Japan from 1999 was taken as part of SeaWiFS, the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor Project.
On November 12, 1999 Turkish people witnessed one of the most disastrous events during the edge of the new millennium. The magnitude of 7.2 earthquake in the local time of 6:57 pm forced thousands of people out of their homes under despair.
The 1914 Burdur earthquake occurred at 00:07 local time (22:07 UTC) on 4 October. It was estimated to be 7.0 on the surface wave magnitude scale with a maximum intensity of IX on the Mercalli intensity scale. It was centered near Lake Burdur in southwestern Turkey and the mainshock and subsequent fire destroyed more than 17,000 homes, and caused 2,344 casualties. In Burdur nearly 100 percent of the homes were destroyed along with other significant and historical monuments.
Morgan Hill, California 1984 April 24 21:15:19 UTC Magnitude 6.2 Twenty-one people sustained minor injuries in the Morgan Hill-San Jose area. Maximum intensity VII in the Morgan Hill area. Damage from the earthquake estimated at 7.5 million dollars with the most damage occurring in the Jackson Oaks subdivision east of Morgan Hill. The earthquake was felt from Bakersfield to Sacramento and from San Francisco to Reno.