It’s hard to predict them, and besides destroying cities and sometimes even countries, they take a lot of lives as well.
Before we continue with the list of the worst earthquakes in history, lets first define what earthquake actually is.
According to WikiPedia:
An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the perceptible shaking of the surface of the Earth, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves.
The 1960 Valdivia earthquake can be comparable to 1,000 atomic bombs going off at the same time. Its magnitude was 9.5 which was equivalent to a massive 178 Gigatons of power. It incurred more than 1 billion worth of damage and 6,000 people died in the catastrophe.