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THE TEN MOST COSTLY WORLD EARTHQUAKES AND TSUNAMIS BY INSURED LOSSES, 1980-2013 (1)

($ millions)

        Losses when occurred   
Rank Date Event Location Overall Insured (2) Fatalities
1 Mar. 11, 2011 Earthquake, tsunami Japan: Honshu, Aomori, Tohoku; Miyagi,
Sendai; Fukushima, Mito; Ibaraki; Tochigi,
Utsunomiya. Includes tsunami.
$210,000 $40,000 15,880
2 Jan. 17, 1994 Earthquake USA: CA: Northridge, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Ventura, Orange 44,000 15,300 61
3 Feb. 22, 2011 Earthquake New Zealand: South Island, Canterbury, Christchurch, Lyttelton 20,000 14,600 185
4 Feb. 27, 2010 Earthquake, tsunami Chile: Bio Bio, Concepcion, Talcahuano, Coronel, Dichato, Chillan; Del Maule, Talca, Curico. Includes tsunami. 30,000 8,000 520
5 Sep. 4, 2010 Earthquake New Zealand: Canterbury, Christchurch, Avonside, Omihi, Timaru, Kaiapoi, Lyttelton 7,400 5,900 NA 
6 Jan. 17, 1995 Earthquake Japan: Prefecture Hyogo, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto 100,000 3,000 6,430
7 Jun. 13, 2011 Earthquake New Zealand: Canterbury, Christchurch, Lyttelton 2,500 2,000 1
8 May 5 and May 29, 2012 Earthquake (series) Italy: Emilia-Romagna, San Felice del Panaro, Cavezzo, Rovereto di Novi, Carpi, Concordia, Bologna 16,000 1,600 18
9 Dec. 26, 2004 Earthquake, tsunami Sri Lanka; Indonesia; Thailand; India; Bangladesh; Myanmar; Maldives; Malaysia. Includes tsunami. 10,000 1,000 220,000
10 Oct. 17, 1989 Earthquake USA: CA: Loma Prieta, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Silicon Valley 10,000 960 68

(1) As of February 2014.
(2) Based on property losses including, if applicable, agricultural, offshore, marine, aviation and National Flood Insurance Program losses in the United States and may differ from data shown elsewhere.

NA=Data not available.

Source: © 2014 Munich Re, Geo Risks Research, NatCatSERVICE.

 
THE TEN COSTLIEST WORLD EARTHQUAKES BY INSURED LOSSES, 1980-2010 (1)

($ millions)

      Losses when occurred   
Rank Date Location Overall Insured Fatalities
1 Jan. 17, 1994 USA: CA:  Northridge, Los Angeles, San Fernando
Valley, Ventura, Orange
$44,000 $15,300 60
2 Feb. 27, 2010 Chile: Central; South. Includes Tsunami 30,000 8,000 520
3 Sep. 3, 2010 New Zealand: Christchurch 6,500 5,000 0
4 Jan. 17, 1995 Japan: Prefecture Hyogo, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto 100,000 3,000 6,430
5 Dec. 26, 2004 Sri Lanka; Indonesia; Thailand; India; Bangladesh;
Myanmar; Maldives; Malaysia. Includes tsunami (2)
10,000 1,000 220,000
6 Oct. 17, 1989 USA: CA: Loma Prieta, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Oakland Berkeley, Silicon Valley 10,000 960 70
7 Oct. 23, 2004 Japan: Honshu, Niigata, Ojiya, Tokyo, Nagaoka,
Yamakoshi (2)
28,000 760 45
8 Sep. 21, 1999 Taiwan: Nantou, Hsinchuang, Taichung, Puli, Touliu,
Yun-lin, Chunghwa
14,000 750 2,400
9 Dec. 28, 1989 Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle, Sydney 1,200 670 13
10 Aug. 17, 1999 Turkey: Izmit, Istanbul, Golcuk, Kocaeli, Sakarya
Yalova
12,000 600 17,100

(1) As of February 2011.
(2) Multiple earthquakes.

Source: © 2010 Munich Re, Geo Risks Research, NatCatSERVICE.

 
THE TEN MOST COSTLY WORLD EARTHQUAKES/TSUNAMIS BY INSURED LOSSES, 1980-2011 (1)

($ millions)

      Losses when occurred   
Rank Date Location Overall Insured (2) Fatalities
1 Mar. 11, 2011 Japan: Honshu, Aomori, Tohoku; Miyagi, Sendai;
Fukushima, Mito; Ibaraki; Tochigi, Utsunomiya
$210,000 $35,000-$40,000 15,840
2 Jan. 17, 1994 USA: CA: Northridge, Los Angeles, San Fernando
Valley, Ventura, Orange
44,000 15,300 60
3 Feb. 22, 2011 New Zealand: South Island, Canterbury, Christchurch, Lyttelton 16,000 13,000 181
4 Feb. 27, 2010 Chile: Bio Bio, Concepcion, Talcahuano, Coronel, Dichato,
Chillan; Del Maule, Talca, Curico. Includes tsunami
30,000 8,000 520
5 Sep. 3, 2010 New Zealand: Canterbury, Christchurch, Avonside, Omihi,
Timaru, Kaiapoi, Lyttelton
6,500 5,000 NA
6 Jan. 17, 1995 Japan: Prefecture Hyogo, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto 100,000 3,000 6,430
7 Dec. 26, 2004 Sri Lanka; Indonesia; Thailand; India; Bangladesh;
Myanmar; Maldives; Malaysia. Includes tsunami (3)
10,000 1,000 220,000
8 Oct. 17, 1989 USA: CA: Loma Prieta, Santa Cruz, San Francisco,
Oakland, Berkeley, Silicon Valley
10,000 960 70
9 Oct. 23, 2004 Japan: Honshu, Niigata, Ojiya, Tokyo,
Nagaoka, Yamakoshi (3)
28,000 760 45
10 Sep. 21, 1999 Taiwan: Nantou, Hsinchuang, Taichung, Puli,
Touliu, Yun-lin, Chunghwa
14,000 750 2,400

(1) As of January 2012.
(2) Based on property losses including, if applicable, agricultural, offshore, marine, aviation and National Flood Insurance Program losses in the United States and may differ from data shown elsewhere.
(3) Multiple earthquakes.

NA=Data not available.

Source: © 2011, 2012 Munich Re, Geo Risks Research, NatCatSERVICE.