Earthquake In Turkey: Decade of Devastation

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Yesterday: Earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale leaves more than 1,000 dead in Turkey.

January 1999: A shock measuring 6.0 kills up to 1,000 in the town of Armenia, Colombia.

July 1998: More than 1,000 killed when a tsunami caused by an undersea earthquake wipes out coastal communities in Papua New Guinea.

June 1998: South-eastern Turkey shaken by an earthquake measuring 6.3, which claims 144 lives.

February 1998: Northern Afghanistan hit by a major earthquake, killing 5,000 people.

February 1997: A quake measuring 5.5 sweeps through north-western Iran, killing 1,000 people. A stronger tremor, measuring 7.1, kills 1,560 in eastern Iran three months later.

May 1995: The Far Eastern island of Sakhalin is hit by a huge earthquake, measuring 7.5, which claims the lives of 1,989.

January 1995: The Hyogo quake hits the city of Kobe in Japan, killing 6,430.

June 1994: About 1,000 people are killed by an earthquake and ensuing landslide in Colombia.

September 1993: Around 22,000 villagers are killed by a quake in India.

June 1990: More than 40,000 people die in a tremor in the northern Iranian province of Gilan.

October 1989: The Loma Prieta earthquake hits California, killing 68.