The Top 10 Deadliest US Earthquakes
Catastrophic earthquakes are a rare but devastating occurrence in the U.S. Here are the top ten most lethal earthquakes the U.S. has ever suffered.By Matt Picht | October 13, 2015
Earthquake deaths are mercifully rare in the U.S. these days, but the devastation these natural disasters can wreak still captivates us. Courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey, here's a look at the top 10 deadliest earthquakes to affect the U.S.
The most recent earthquake on the list, the Northridge earthquake occurred on a previously unmapped fault line, causing massive damage with little warning. The earthquake sparked a new push for better earthquake prediction in the region; Southern California has gone from seven seismic monitoring stations to over 400.
One of the most damaging quakes the East Coast has experienced, the Charleston earthquake in South Carolina came as a shock for the usually stable region. An example of relatively rare intraplate earthquake, the quake left almost no buildings undamaged.