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List of earthquakes in 1934

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Total fatalities  10,607
8.0−8.9  1
9.0+  0
List of earthquakes in 1934
4.0−5.9 magnitude 6.0−6.9 magnitude  7.0−7.9 magnitude 8.0+ magnitude
Strongest magnitude  Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal (Magnitude 8.0) January 15
Deadliest  Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal (Magnitude 8.0) January 15 10,600 deaths

This is a list of earthquakes in 1934. 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 largest and deadliest event was the great earthquake which struck Nepal in January. In that magnitude 8.0 quake, 10,600 lives were lost. Other parts of the world saw much activity with the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea seeing much instability. Apart from the devastating Nepal earthquake, no other event caused more than 10 deaths which is unusual for any year.

Contents

By death toll

  • Note: At least 10 casualties
  • By magnitude

  • Note: At least 7.0 magnitude
  • January

  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Flores Sea, Indonesia on January 1 at a depth of 60.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck western Kamchatka Krai, Russia on January 3 at a depth of 350.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina on January 9 at a depth of 630.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Yunnan Province, China on January 12 at a depth of 35.0 km. One person died, 14 more were injured and many homes were destroyed.
  • A magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal on January 15 at a depth of 15.0 km. Major destruction was caused in the area and 10,600 people were killed.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck southern Mindanao, Philippines on January 16 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Fiji on January 18 at a depth of 580.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Yunnan Province, China on January 19 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Inner Mongolia, China on January 20 at a depth of 15.0 km. At least one person died and many homes were destroyed.
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Guerrero, Mexico on January 28 at a depth of 30.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck western Nevada on January 30 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Tonga on January 31 at a depth of 25.0 km.
  • February

  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck south of Papua (province), Indonesia on February 2 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea on February 3 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Northern Mariana Islands on February 4 at a depth of 570.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, Iran on February 4 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Banda Sea, Indonesia on February 4 at a depth of 25.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck western Nevada on February 9 at a depth of 10.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea on February 9 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Fiji on February 9 at a depth of 230.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck southwest of Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea on February 11 at a depth of 80.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Sainyabuli Province, Laos on February 12 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck south of Sulawesi, Indonesia on February 14 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck west of Luzon, Philippines on February 14 at a depth of 15.0 km. Minor damage was reported.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia on February 19 at a depth of 27.5 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Chinandega Department, Nicaragua on February 24 at a depth of 200.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the Volcano Islands, Japan on February 24 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck southwest of Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea on February 27 at a depth of 180.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck off the north coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea on February 28 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • March

  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck east of mainland Papua New Guinea on March 1 at a depth of 20.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Los Lagos Region, Chile on March 1 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck just off the west coast of North Island, New Zealand on March 5 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the south coast of Honduras on March 7 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck northern Utah on March 12 at a depth of 10.0 km. Two people were killed and some property damage was reported. This was the largest earthquake recorded in Utah.
  • A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck northern Utah on March 12 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands on March 13 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck western Hastings, New Zealand on March 15 at a depth of 25.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Madang Province, Papua New Guinea on March 16 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the Kuril Islands, Russia on March 18 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck northwest of New Britain, Papua New Guinea on March 20 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Solomon Islands on March 24 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Vrancea County, Romania on March 29 at a depth of 150.0 km.
  • April

  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Molucca Sea, Indonesia on April 2 at a depth of 50.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the west coast of Colombia on April 3 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Kangean Islands, Indonesia on April 10 at a depth of 20.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Vanuatu on April 11 at a depth of 150.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Kangean Islands, Indonesia on April 11 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Izu Islands, Japan on April 15 at a depth of 70.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck east of Mindanao, Philippines on April 15 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck east of Mindanao, Philippines on April 16 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck southeast of Taiwan on April 16 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck south of Honshu, Japan on April 19 at a depth of 430.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Banda Sea, Indonesia on April 24 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck just north of the Minahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi, Indonesia on April 26 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Vanuatu on April 26 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck north of New Britain, Papua New Guinea on April 28 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • May

  • A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck northern Sumatra, Indonesia on May 1 at a depth of 130.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck southern Alaska on May 4 at a depth of 25.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southeast of New Ireland (island), Papua New Guinea on May 13 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck just east of Kodiak Island, Alaska on May 14 at a depth of 60.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Solola Department, Guatemala on May 19 at a depth of 120.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Ibaraki Prefecture, Honshu, Japan on May 30 at a depth of 70.0 km.
  • June

  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Sagaing Region, Burma on June 2 at a depth of 130.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Northeastern Region (Iceland) on June 2 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck southern Alaska on June 2 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Vanuatu on June 3 at a depth of 120.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Parkfield, California on June 8 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea on June 9 at a depth of 137.5 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Cordoba Province, Argentina on June 11 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Cordoba Province, Argentina on June 11 at a depth of 100.0 km. This was a doublet earthquake as it came within three hours of the previous event.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico on June 12 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran on June 13 at a depth of 10.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the east coast of Papua New Guinea on June 15 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck just west of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska on June 18 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck west of New Ireland (island) on June 22 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Qinghai Province, China on June 23 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Antofagasta Region, Chile on June 24 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the Banda Sea, Indonesia on June 29 at a depth of 610.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck south of Sulawesi, Indonesia on June 29 at a depth of 670.0 km.
  • July

  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck off the coast of northern California on July 6 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck off the south coast of Panama on July 18 at a depth of 30.0 km. Four people were hurt and damage costs were around $50,000 (1934 rate).
  • A magnitude 6.6 aftershock struck off the south coast of Panama on July 18 at a depth of 20.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck off the south coast of Panama on July 18 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.8 aftershock struck off the south coast of Panama on July 18 at a depth of 25.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 aftershock struck off the south coast of Panama on July 18 at a depth of 25.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands on July 18 at a depth of 10.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Papua (province), Indonesia on July 19 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Vanuatu on July 19 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands on July 21 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.7 aftershock struck off the south coast of Panama on July 21 at a depth of 25.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan on July 22 at a depth of 20.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Chiapas, Mexico on July 27 at a depth of 50.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck south of Alaska on July 28 at a depth of 20.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia on July 31 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • August

  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Papua (province), Indonesia on August 2 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck southern Alaska on August 2 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the west coast of Colombia on August 6 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands on August 7 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Yilan County, Taiwan on August 11 at a depth of 10.0 km. Three deaths were reported as well as the destruction of six homes.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off the south coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea on August 11 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck east of Mindanao, Philippines on August 12 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Batu Islands, Indonesia on August 21 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Baffin Bay, Canada on August 31 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Districts of Republican Subordination, Tajikistan on August 31 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • September

  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Mindanao, Philippines on September 6 at a depth of 150.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck south of Minahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi, Indonesia on September 11 at a depth of 130.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Jalisco, Mexico on September 15 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck northern Sumatra, Indonesia on September 21 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck New Britain, Papua New Guinea on September 25 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • October

  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck south of Hokkaido, Japan on October 5 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck south of Fiji on October 10 at a depth of 540.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands on October 18 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Northern Mariana Islands on October 21 at a depth of 210.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the Banda Sea, Indonesia on October 26 at a depth of 550.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck southeast of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan on October 26 at a depth of 20.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Amazonas Region, Peru on October 29 at a depth of 110.0 km.
  • November

  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck south of Fiji on November 4 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck southeast of the Loyalty Islands on November 4 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck just south of Atka Island, Alaska on November 5 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Dodecanese Islands, Greece on November 9 at a depth of 140.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Bingol Province, Turkey on November 12 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Bismarck Sea on November 16 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan on November 18 at a depth of 220.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck east of New Ireland (island), Papua New Guinea on November 18 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck west of Luzon, Philippines on November 26 at a depth of 35.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the northern Molucca Sea, Indonesia on November 27 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico on November 30 at a depth of 15.0 km. Major damage was reported.
  • December

  • A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Copan Department, Honduras on December 3 at a depth of 35.0 km. Some damage was caused.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Tarapaca Region, Chile on December 4 at a depth of 35.0 km. At least 51 people were hurt and many homes were destroyed.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck south of Fiji on December 12 at a depth of 600.0 km.
  • A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Xizang, China on December 15 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck south of Fiji on December 15 at a depth of 540.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Antofagasta Region, Chile on December 16 at a depth of 150.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea on December 17 at a depth of 15.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the west coast of Nicaragua on December 22 at a depth of 25.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Potosi Department, Bolivia on December 23 at a depth of 100.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Baja California, Mexico on December 30 at a depth of 6.0 km.
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Baja California, Mexico on December 31 at a depth of 6.0 km.
  • References

    List of earthquakes in 1934 Wikipedia


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