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List of earthquakes in 1999

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Strongest magnitude  7.7 Mw, Taiwan
9.0+  0
Total fatalities  >=21,886
8.0−8.9  0
List of earthquakes in 1999
4.0−5.9 magnitude 6.0−6.9 magnitude  7.0−7.9 magnitude 8.0+ magnitude
Deadliest  7.6 Mw, Turkey 17,118-17,127 deaths

This is a list of earthquakes in 1999. Only earthquakes of magnitude 6 or above are included, unless they result in damage and/or casualties, or are notable for some other reason. All dates are listed according to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) time.

Contents

Compared to other years

Note that an increase in detected earthquake numbers does not necessarily represent an increase in earthquakes per se. Population increase, habitation spread, and advances in earthquake detection technology all contribute to higher earthquake numbers being recorded over time. USGS's Earthquake Myths has more information.

For exact dates and live earthquakes please visit USGS's Global Earthquake Search Page and Real-time Earthquake Map or EMSC's Real-time Seismicity.

By death toll

  • Note: At least 10 dead
  • By magnitude

  • Note: At least 7.0 magnitude
  • January

  • Tonga was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on January 5 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on January 12 at a depth of 42.6 km (26.5 mi).
  • Alaska was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on January 16 at a depth of 21.0 km (13.0 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 7.0 quake that occurred on January 19 at a depth of 114.1 km (70.9 mi).
  • Kyushu was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on January 24 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Tonga was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on January 24 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The Mid-Indian Ridge was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on January 24 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Colombia was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on January 25 at a depth of 17.0 km (10.6 mi). At least 1,185 people were killed and 700 others were missing.
  • The Fox Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.6 quake that occurred on January 28 at a depth of 67.2 km (41.8 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on January 28 at a depth of 101.0 km (62.8 mi).
  • February

  • Tonga was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on February 3 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The Philippines was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on February 6 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The Solomon Islands were struck by a magnitude 7.3 quake that occurred on February 6 at a depth of 90.1 km (56.0 mi).
  • Afghanistan was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on February 11 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on February 13 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Vanuatu was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on February 14 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • New Caledonia was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on February 22 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Indonesia was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on February 23 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • March

  • Iran was struck by a magnitude 6.6 quake that occurred on March 4 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The Philippines was struck by a magnitude 7.1 quake that occurred on March 4 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Argentina was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on March 5 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Fiji was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on March 7 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The Kamchatka Peninsula was struck by a magnitude 6.9 quake that occurred on March 8 at a depth of 56.6 km (35.2 mi).
  • The Andreanof Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.9 quake that occurred on March 20 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • India was struck by a magnitude 6.6 quake that occurred on March 28 at a depth of 15.0 km (9.3 mi). At least 103 people were killed.
  • Panama was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on March 31 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • April

  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on April 1 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Vanuatu was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on April 2 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Peru was struck by a magnitude 6.8 quake that occurred on April 3 at a depth of 87.2 km (54.2 mi).
  • Honduras was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on April 3 at a depth of 38.4 km (23.9 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 7.4 quake that occurred on April 5 at a depth of 150.0 km (93.2 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on April 6 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The Jilin-Heilongjiang border region was struck by a magnitude 7.1 quake that occurred on April 8 at a depth of 565.7 km (351.5 mi).
  • Fiji was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on April 9 at a depth of 621.2 km (386.0 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on April 11 at a depth of 58.3 km (36.2 mi).
  • Fiji was struck by a magnitude 6.8 quake that occurred on April 13 at a depth of 164.2 km (102.0 mi).
  • The Kermadec Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.5 quake that occurred on April 20 at a depth of 95.7 km (59.5 mi).
  • Ecuador was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on April 26 at a depth of 172.6 km (107.2 mi).
  • May

  • Mexico was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on May 5 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Iran was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on May 6 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The Kodiak Island region was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on May 7 at a depth of 20.0 km (12.4 mi).
  • Guatemala was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on May 8 at a depth of 39.2 km (24.4 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 7.1 quake that occurred on May 10 at a depth of 138.0 km (85.7 mi).
  • The southern East Pacific Rise was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on May 11 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Hokkaido was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on May 12 at a depth of 102.7 km (63.8 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 7.1 quake that occurred on May 16 at a depth of 73.7 km (45.8 mi).
  • Indonesia was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on May 16 at a depth of 59.2 km (36.8 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.6 quake that occurred on May 17 at a depth of 27.0 km (16.8 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on May 18 at a depth of 127.3 km (79.1 mi).
  • Vanuatu was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on May 22 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • June

  • Guatemala was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on June 6 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Mexico was struck by a magnitude 7.0 quake that occurred on June 15 at a depth of 70.0 km (43.5 mi). At least 14 people were killed.
  • The Philippines was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on June 18 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Mexico was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on June 21 at a depth of 68.7 km (42.7 mi).
  • Fiji was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on June 26 at a depth of 590.4 km (366.9 mi).
  • July

  • Vancouver Island was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on July 2 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • The Bonin Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on July 3 at a depth of 430.6 km (267.6 mi).
  • The Kuril Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on July 7 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on July 9 at a depth of 29.0 km (18.0 mi).
  • Guatemala was struck by a magnitude 6.7 quake that occurred on July 11 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). At least one person was killed and 27 others were injured.
  • Fiji was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on July 18 at a depth of 590.9 km (367.2 mi).
  • The Kermadec Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.5 quake that occurred on July 19 at a depth of 39.0 km (24.2 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on July 26 at a depth of 69.4 km (43.1 mi).
  • The Kermadec Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on July 28 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The Kermadec Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on July 28 at a depth of 25.0 km (15.5 mi).
  • August

  • The Kermadec Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.5 quake that occurred on August 1 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Sulawesi was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on August 12 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Sumatra was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on August 14 at a depth of 101.4 km (63.0 mi).
  • Turkey was struck by a magnitude 7.6 quake that occurred on August 17 at a depth of 17.0 km (10.6 mi). At least 17,118 people were killed and up to 50,000 others were injured; damage totalled to $6.5 billion.
  • Costa Rica was struck by a magnitude 6.9 quake that occurred on August 20 at a depth of 20.0 km (12.4 mi).
  • The South Sandwich Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on August 21 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Chile was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on August 22 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Vanuatu was struck by a magnitude 6.6 quake that occurred on August 22 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on August 26 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Ecuador was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on August 28 at a depth of 196.4 km (122.0 mi).
  • The Carlsberg Ridge was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on August 29 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • September

  • Greece was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on September 7 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). At least 143 people were killed, 2,000 were injured, 50,000 were homeless and 53,000+ buildings were damaged or destroyed.
  • The Kermadec Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on September 10 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Bolivia was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on September 15 at a depth of 218.0 km (135.5 mi).
  • Vanuatu was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on September 17 at a depth of 196.8 km (122.3 mi).
  • The Kamchatka Peninsula was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on September 18 at a depth of 60.0 km (37.3 mi).
  • Taiwan was struck by a magnitude 7.7 quake that occurred on September 20 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi). 2,415 people were killed, 29 were missing, 11,305 were injured and 105,479 buildings were damaged or destroyed.
  • Taiwan was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on September 20 at a depth of 25.0 km (15.5 mi).
  • Taiwan was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on September 20 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Taiwan was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on September 20 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Taiwan was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on September 20 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Taiwan was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on September 20 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Taiwan was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on September 20 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Taiwan was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on September 22 at a depth of 26.0 km (16.2 mi).
  • Taiwan was struck by a magnitude 6.5 quake that occurred on September 25 at a depth of 17.0 km (10.6 mi).
  • Russia was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on September 28 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Chile was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on September 29 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Mexico was struck by a magnitude 7.5 quake that occurred on September 30 at a depth of 60.6 km (37.7 mi). 35 people were killed.
  • October

  • Indonesia was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on October 10 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Alaska was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on October 13 at a depth of 30.0 km (18.6 mi).
  • California was struck by a magnitude 7.1 quake that occurred on October 16 at a depth of 13.7 km (8.5 mi).
  • The South Sandwich Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on October 18 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on October 23 at a depth of 83.3 km (51.8 mi).
  • The Kuril Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on October 24 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The North Island was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on October 25 at a depth of 158.7 km (98.6 mi).
  • November

  • Taiwan was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on November 1 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The Hindu Kush region was struck by a magnitude 6.5 quake that occurred on November 8 at a depth of 228.4 km (141.9 mi).
  • The Kuril Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on November 11 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Sumatra was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on November 11 at a depth of 211.0 km (131.1 mi).
  • Turkey was struck by a magnitude 7.2 quake that occurred on November 12 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). At least 845-894 people were killed, 4,948 were injured and 55,000 were displaced.
  • The south Indian Ocean was struck by a magnitude 7.0 quake that occurred on November 15 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • The East Pacific Rise was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on November 16 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.9 quake that occurred on November 17 at a depth of 47.5 km (29.5 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on November 17 at a depth of 45.3 km (28.1 mi).
  • The Molucca Sea was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on November 18 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 7.0 quake that occurred on November 19 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Mexico was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on November 21 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Russia was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on November 26 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Vanuatu was struck by a magnitude 7.5 quake that occurred on November 26 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi). At least 5-10 people died and 40-100 were injured.
  • The south Indian Ocean was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on November 29 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Chile was struck by a magnitude 6.6 quake that occurred on November 30 at a depth of 128.1 km (79.6 mi).
  • December

  • The Cayman Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on December 1 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • The Kodiak Islands were struck by a magnitude 7.0 quake that occurred on December 6 at a depth of 66.0 km (41.0 mi).
  • The Kodiak Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on December 7 at a depth of 40.9 km (25.4 mi).
  • Tonga was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on December 7 at a depth of 137.7 km (85.6 mi).
  • The Solomon Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on December 8 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.4 quake that occurred on December 9 at a depth of 58.3 km (36.2 mi).
  • The west Chile Rise was struck by a magnitude 6.5 quake that occurred on December 10 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • The Philippines was struck by a magnitude 7.3 quake that occurred on December 11 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Papua New Guinea was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on December 15 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The western Indian Antarctic Ridge was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on December 16 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • The western Indian-Antarctic Ridge was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on December 17 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Indonesia was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on December 18 at a depth of 16.2 km (10.1 mi).
  • Guam was struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on December 19 at a depth of 50.9 km (31.6 mi).
  • The Sunda Strait was struck by a magnitude 6.5 quake that occurred on December 21 at a depth of 56.0 km (34.8 mi).
  • The Santa Cruz Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.0 quake that occurred on December 22 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • Algeria was struck by a magnitude 5.6 quake that occurred on December 22 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). At least 22-24 people were killed, 175 were injured and 15,000 were displaced.
  • Macquarie Island was struck by a magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on December 24 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Macquarie Island was struck by a magnitude 6.1 quake that occurred on December 24 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • Panama was struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on December 28 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi).
  • The Santa Cruz Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.9 quake that occurred on December 29 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • The Santa Cruz Islands were struck by a magnitude 6.2 quake that occurred on December 29 at a depth of 33.0 km (20.5 mi).
  • References

    List of earthquakes in 1999 Wikipedia


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