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List of earthquakes in 1933

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Total fatalities  12,656
8.0−8.9  1
9.0+  0
List of earthquakes in 1933
4.0−5.9 magnitude 6.0−6.9 magnitude  7.0−7.9 magnitude 8.0+ magnitude
Strongest magnitude  off the east coast of Honshu, Japan (Magnitude 8.5) March 2
Deadliest  Sichuan Province, China (Magnitude 7.3) August 25 9,300 deaths

This is a list of earthquakes in 1933. 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. The biggest event of the year was the great Japan earthquake which struck early in March. A little over a week later saw southern California's deadliest earthquake to date. China had the deadliest event in August with over 9,300 deaths.

Contents

By death toll

  • Note: At least 10 casualties
  • By magnitude

  • Note: At least 7.0 magnitude
  • January

  • A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Vanuatu on January 1 at a depth of 135.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern Alaska on January 4 at a depth of 20.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on January 7 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on January 8 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan on January 9 at a depth of 230.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the east coast of Papua New Guinea on January 15 at a depth of 140.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia on January 18 at a depth of 570.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the Southwest Indian Ridge on January 21 at a depth of 10.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Michoacan, Mexico on January 24 at a depth of 90.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck south of Samoa on January 27 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • February

  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Xinjiang Province, China on February 13 at a depth of 10.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Solomon Islands on February 19 at a depth of 60.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Tarapaca Region, Chile on February 23 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • March

  • A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on March 2 at a depth of 15.0 km. The earthquake itself destroyed many homes. However a large tsunami followed which resulted in 3,022 deaths and 6,000 homes being destroyed. Many large aftershocks occurred.
  • A magnitude 6.5 aftershock struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on March 2 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Luzon, Philippines on March 3 at a depth of 120.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 aftershock struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on March 3 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 aftershock struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on March 3 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on March 3 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on March 8 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck just off the coast of Newport Beach, California on March 11 at a depth of 6.0 km. One-hundred and twenty deaths were caused and property damage losses were around $40 million (1933 rate). Damage was reported at many schools in the area which led to changes to building codes.
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the Bonin Islands, Japan on March 11 at a depth of 480.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Kamchatka Krai, Russia on March 17 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck southeast of Mindanao, Philippines on March 17 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck south of Honshu, Japan on March 18 at a depth of 170.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Bulgan Province, Mongolia on March 23 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • April

  • A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on April 1 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.7 aftershock struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on April 9 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico on April 9 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Papua (province), Indonesia on April 16 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Hualien County, Taiwan on April 19 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Dodecanese Islands, Greece on April 23 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 aftershock struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on April 23 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck west of southern Alaska on April 27 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • May

  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Andreanof Islands, Alaska on May 1 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Guerrero, Mexico on May 8 at a depth of 30.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Central Macedonia, Greece on May 11 at a depth of 10.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador on May 21 at a depth of 90.0 km. Some damage was reported.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck eastern Seram, Indonesia on May 21 at a depth of 120.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Banda Sea, Indonesia on May 21 at a depth of 180.0 km.
  • June

  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck southeast of Kyushu, Japan on June 2 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Ryukyu Islands, Japan on June 3 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the east coast of Papua New Guinea on June 4 at a depth of 120.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck southwest of Luzon, Philippines on June 6 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Yunnan Province, China on June 7 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck southwest of Iceland on June 10 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Fiji on June 11 at a depth of 80.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on June 13 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on June 18 at a depth of 30.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the west coast of southern Sumatra, Indonesia on June 21 at a depth of 80.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck southern Sumatra, Indonesia on June 24 at a depth of 20.0 km. Some damage was caused.
  • A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck western Nevada on June 25 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • July

  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Kuril Islands, Russia on July 9 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Kuril Islands, Russia on July 9 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Michoacan, Mexico on July 10 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Aru Islands, Indonesia on July 10 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the west coast of Hokkaido, Japan on July 13 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck south of Java, Indonesia on July 13 at a depth of 70.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Denizli Province, Turkey on July 19 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the Fox Islands (Alaska) on July 22 at a depth of 30.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of southern Peru on July 23 at a depth of 80.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck north of Tonga on July 24 at a depth of 25.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu on July 30 at a depth of 160.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of southern Peru on July 31 at a depth of 80.0 km.
  • August

  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Junin Region, Peru on August 6 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck La Paz Department (Bolivia) on August 9 at a depth of 170.0 km.
  • , A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck on the China, Myanmar border on August 11 at a depth of 10.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck southeast of Catanduanes, Philippines on August 20 at a depth of 20.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Sichuan Province, China on August 25 at a depth of 15.0 km. Scores of homes were destroyed and 9,300 people were killed.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck south of Sulawesi, Indonesia on August 25 at a depth of 720.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the South Sandwich Islands on August 28 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Acre (state), Brazil on August 29 at a depth of 650.0 km.
  • September

  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the Izu Islands, Japan on September 2 at a depth of 425.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Fiji on September 6 at a depth of 600.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Mindanao, Philippines on September 7 at a depth of 150.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Heilongjiang Province, China on September 9 at a depth of 590.0 km.
  • A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck Sichuan Province, China on September 20 at an unknown depth. This moderate event triggered landslides that destroyed 30 homes and lead to the deaths of 200 people.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Mindoro, Philippines on September 20 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the west coast of Honshu, Japan on September 21 at a depth of 50.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on September 21 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Adak Island, Alaska on September 24 at a depth of 55.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck east of Mindanao, Philippines on September 25 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Xinjiang Province, China on September 25 at a depth of 10.0 km.
  • An earthquake struck Abruzzo, Italy on September 26 at a depth of 33.0 km. The magnitude was not known. Ten people died and some damage was reported.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck north of New Britain, Papua New Guinea on September 27 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Papua (province), Indonesia on September 30 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • October

  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Loreto Region, Peru on October 1 at a depth of 120.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador on October 2 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 aftershock struck Santa Elena Province, Ecuador on October 3 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck Santa Elena Province, Ecuador on October 3 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Niigata Prefecture, Honshu, Japan on October 3 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Semnan Province, Iran on October 5 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Antofagasta Region, Chile on October 12 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck east of Seram, Indonesia on October 17 at a depth of 130.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Jujuy Province, Argentina on October 25 at a depth of 205.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Flores Sea, Indonesia on October 27 at a depth of 420.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Malekula, Vanuatu on October 30 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • November

  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Tachira, Venezuela on November 4 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck San Juan Province, Argentina on November 14 at a depth of 110.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Baffin Bay, Canada on November 20 at a depth of 15.0 km. This was a rare event for the area and was the largest quake to strike north of the Arctic Circle.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the south coast of Costa Rica on November 21 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck south of New Britain, Papua New Guinea on November 22 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the south coast of Costa Rica on November 23 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Yazd Province, Iran on November 28 at a depth of 10.0 km. Four people were killed and major damage was caused.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the south coast of Costa Rica on November 29 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • December

  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Loyalty Islands on December 1 at a depth of 140.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia on December 4 at a depth of 305.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck eastern New Ireland (island), Papua New Guinea on December 12 at a depth of 15.0 km. Minor damage was reported.
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the coast of Colima, Mexico on December 13 at a depth of 20.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Michoacan, Mexico on December 14 at a depth of 30.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck San Juan Province, Argentina on December 21 at a depth of 120.0 km.
  • References

    List of earthquakes in 1933 Wikipedia


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