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Indonesian quake deadliest in 449 years

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 9.0 earthquake that triggered the tsunami in southern Asia in December was the deadliest since the 16th century. Here's the top of their news release, just out today:

"According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 2004 was the deadliest year for earthquakes since the Renaissance Age, making it the second most fatal in recorded history, with more than 275,950 deaths reported from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26.  The total death toll for earthquakes in 2004 was 276,856; less than 1,000 casualties occurred around the world prior to the Indian Ocean event.

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"On Jan. 23, 1556, a magnitude 8 earthquake killed an estimated 830,000 people in Shansi, China.  Tangshan, China, is the site of the quake where 255,000 fatalities were reported in 1976 when a magnitude 7.5 temblor hit the area on July 27."


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