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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.

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Most Earthquake prone countries in the world

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Few Countries are as vulnerable to earthquake damage as Indonesia. The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, sits in a precarious position. It is not only situated atop the Pacific Ring of Fire, but also, a little less than half of the city is below sea level, putting it on soft soil that has the potential to liquefy if an earthquake of sufficient magnitude were to strike. But the complications do not end there. Its elevation also places Jakarta at risk for severe flooding. The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake occurred on 26 December with the epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The undersea mega-thrust earthquake was caused when the Indian Plate was subducted by the Burma Plate and triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people in 14 countries, and submerging coastal communities with waves up to 30 meters (100 ft) high. Indonesia was the worst affected area, with most death toll estimates at around 170,000. It is the third-largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph.
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