List of earthquakes in 1915

This is a list of earthquakes in 1915. Only magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquakes appear on the list. Lower magnitude events are included if they have caused death, injury or damage. Events which occurred in remote areas will be excluded from the list as they wouldn't have generated significant media interest. All dates are listed according to UTC time. In January a major earthquake struck Italy causing 30,000 deaths. There were also many earthquakes in Japan and the Kuril Islands during this year.

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List of earthquakes in 1915
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List of earthquakes in 1915
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List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
List of earthquakes in 1915
Approximate epicenters of the earthquakes in 1915
Strongest magnitude Russia, Kuril Islands May 1 (Magnitude 7.8)
Deadliest Italy, Avezzano, January 13 (Magnitude 6.7) 29,978 deaths
Total fatalities30,155+
Number by magnitude
9.0+0
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.915
6.0−6.927
5.0−5.90
← 1914
1916 →

OverallEdit

By death tollEdit

Rank Death toll Magnitude Location MMI Depth (km) Date
1 29,978 6.7   Italy, Abruzzo XI (Extreme) 15.0 January 13
2 170 6.5   Bhutan,   India, Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh border IX (Violent) 15.0 December 3
  • Note: At least 10 casualties

By magnitudeEdit

Rank Magnitude Death toll Location MMI Depth (km) Date
1 7.8 0   Russia, Kuril Islands ( ) 30.0 May 1
2 7.4 0   El Salvador, Chalatenango Department ( ) 80.0 September 7
= 3 7.3 0   Vanuatu ( ) 200.0 January 5
= 3 7.3 0   Japan, southwestern Ryukyu Islands ( ) 150.0 January 5
= 3 7.3 0   Japan, southwestern Ryukyu Islands ( ) 20.0 February 28
= 3 7.3 0   Bolivia, Oruro Department ( ) 160.0 June 6
= 3 7.3 0   Russia, off the east coast of Kamchatka X (Extreme) 20.0 July 31
4 7.2 0   Japan, Hokkaido ( ) 35.0 March 17
= 5 7.1 0   Fiji ( ) 600.0 February 25
= 5 7.1 0   Russia, east of the Kuril Islands ( ) 0.0 August 6
= 5 7.1 0   Mexico, border of Baja California and Sonora ( ) 0.0 November 21
= 6 7.0 0   Japan, Izu Islands ( ) 200.0 October 8
= 6 7.0 0   Japan, off the east coast of Honshu ( ) 30.0 November 1
= 6 7.0 0   Japan, off the east coast of Honshu ( ) 35.0 November 1
= 6 7.0 0   Japan, off the east coast of Honshu ( ) 35.0 November 18
  • Note: At least 7.0 magnitude

Notable eventsEdit

JanuaryEdit

January
Strongest magnitude7.3 Mw 2 events
Deadliest6.7 Mw   Italy
29,978 deaths
Total fatalities29,978
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.92
6.0−6.91
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

5[1]   Vanuatu 7.3 200.0
5[2]   Japan, southwest Ryukyu Islands 7.3 150.0
13[3][4]   Italy, Abruzzo 6.7 15.0 XI The 1915 Avezzano earthquake caused major damage to the region. In total around 29,978 people were killed. Costs of damage were $60 million (1915 rate). 29,978

FebruaryEdit

February
Strongest magnitude7.3 Mw   Japan
Total fatalities0
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.92
6.0−6.90
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

25[5]   Fiji 7.1 600.0
28[6]   Japan, southwest Ryukyu Islands 7.3 20.0

MarchEdit

March
Strongest magnitude7.2 Mw   Japan
Total fatalities0
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.91
6.0−6.92
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

8[7]   Japan, off the east coast of Honshu 6.8 0.0 Depth unknown.
12[8]   Philippines, eastern Masbate Island 6.6 40.0
17[9]   Japan, south of Hokkaido 7.2 35.0

AprilEdit

April
Strongest magnitude6.9 Mw   Brazil
Total fatalities0
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.90
6.0−6.92
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

23[10]   Brazil, Amazonas (Brazilian state) 6.9 650.0
30[11]   Mongolia, Bayankhongor Province 6.5 35.0

MayEdit

May
Strongest magnitude7.8 Mw   Russia
Total fatalities0
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.91
6.0−6.92
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

1[12]   Russia, Kuril Islands 7.8 30.0
8[13] Mozambique Channel 6.6 0.0 Depth unknown.
21[14]   South Sudan, Lakes (state) 6.6 35.0

JuneEdit

June
Strongest magnitude7.3 Mw   Bolivia
Deadliest6.3 Mw   United States
6 deaths
Total fatalities6
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.91
6.0−6.94
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

4[15]   Japan, off the east coast of Honshu 6.7 35.0
6[16]   Bolivia, Oruro Department 7.3 160.0
23[17][18]   United States, Imperial Valley, California 6.1 0.0 The 1915 Imperial Valley earthquakes are an example of a doublet earthquake. Both events were within an hour of each other. 6 people were killed and damage costs of $900,000 (1915 rate) were reported. Depth unknown. 6
23[19][20]   United States, Imperial Valley, California 6.3 0.0
27[21]   Russia, Kuril Islands 6.5 35.0

JulyEdit

July
Strongest magnitude7.3 Mw   Russia
Total fatalities0
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.91
6.0−6.91
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

7[22]   Italy, Tyrrhenian Sea 6.0 300.0
31[23][24]   Russia, off the east coast of Kamchatka 7.3 20.0 X

AugustEdit

August
Strongest magnitude7.1 Mw   Russia
Total fatalities0
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.91
6.0−6.93
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

6[25]   Russia, east of the Kuril Islands 7.1 0.0 Depth unknown.
7[26]   Greece, Ionian Sea 6.7 14.0 IX Major damage was caused. Many homes were destroyed or damaged.
12[27]   Indonesia, Sulawesi 6.6 60.0
12[28]   India, Nicobar Islands 6.2 35.0

SeptemberEdit

September
Strongest magnitude7.4 Mw   El Salvador
Total fatalities0
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.91
6.0−6.92
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

7[29]   El Salvador, Chalatenango Department 7.4 80.0
11[30]   Philippines, Celebes Sea 6.6 600.0
23[31]   Eritrea, Southern Region (Eritrea) 6.2 10.0 1915 Asmara earthquake.

OctoberEdit

October
Strongest magnitude7.0 Mw   Japan
Total fatalities0
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.91
6.0−6.93
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

3[32][33]   United States, north central Nevada 6.8 10.0 X The 1915 Pleasant Valley earthquake caused some damage.
8[34]   Japan, Izu Islands 7.0 200.0
11[35]   United States, north of Puerto Rico 6.6 0.0 Depth unknown.
12[36]   Japan, off the east coast of Honshu 6.8 35.0

NovemberEdit

November
Strongest magnitude7.1 Mw   Mexico
Total fatalities0
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.94
6.0−6.93
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

1[37][38]   Japan, off the east coast of Honshu 7.0 30.0 Some damage was reported.
1[39]   Japan, off the east coast of Honshu 6.7 35.0 Aftershock.
1[40]   Japan, off the east coast of Honshu 7.0 35.0
6[41]   Indonesia, Biak 6.0 0.0 Depth unknown.
18[42]   Japan, off the east coast of Honshu 7.0 35.0
18[43]   Philippines, off the west coast of Luzon 6.4 0.0 VIII A few homes were damaged. Depth unknown.
21[44]   Mexico, border of Baja California and Sonora 7.1 0.0 Depth unknown.

DecemberEdit

December
Strongest magnitude6.6 Mw   Honduras
Deadliest6.5 Mw   Bhutan,   India
170 deaths
Total fatalities171+
Number by magnitude
8.0−8.90
7.0−7.90
6.0−6.94
Date Country and location Mw Depth (km) MMI Notes Casualties
Dead Injured

3[45][46]   Bhutan,   India, border of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh 6.5 15.0 IX 170 deaths were caused and many homes were destroyed. 170
6[47]   Japan, off the east coast of Honshu 6.5 35.0 Aftershock.
17[48]   China, Xinjiang Province 6.5 20.0
29[49]   Honduras, Ocotepeque Department 6.6 0.0 At least 1 person was killed and many homes were destroyed. Depth unknown. 1+

ReferencesEdit

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