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Most Earthquake prone countries in the world

23rd Jan 2018
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The natural disaster, Earthquake has caused immense damage to life and property. It has not only left thousands of people homeless, but has also ruined the lives of millions across the globe. Earthquakes affect many parts of the world every year. Also, earthquakes further lead to tsunamis and volcanic eruptions causing even more damage. The world is divided into seismic zones based on the tectonic plates and the magnitude of earthquakes. We bring you 10 most earthquake prone countries in the world and how the quake has caused immense damage in these countries.


Most Earthquake prone countries in the world


El Salvador

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El Salvador is another earthquake prone country, and has suffered immense damage due to quakes in the region. The small Central American republic of El Salvador has experienced, on average, one destructive earthquake per decade during the last hundred years. Two major earthquakes occurred on 13 January and 13 February 2001, with magnitudes Mw 7.7 and Mw 6.6 respectively. The two events, which were of different tectonic origin, follow the patterns of the seismicity of the region although neither event has a known precedent in the earthquake cataloge in terms of size and location. The earthquakes caused damage to thousands of traditionally built houses and triggered hundreds of landslides, which were the main causes of fatalities. The earthquakes have clearly demonstrated trends of increasing seismic risk in El Salvador due to rapid population expansion in areas of high shaking and landslide hazard, aggravated by deforestation and uncontrolled urbanization. The institutional mechanisms required for the control of land use and building practice are very weak and present a major obstacle to risk mitigation.
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