THE TEN MOST COSTLY WORLD EARTHQUAKES AND TSUNAMIS BY INSURED LOSSES, 1980-2013 (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. Includes tsunami. $210,000 $40,000 15,880
2 Jan. 17, 1994 USA: CA: Northridge, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Ventura, Orange 44,000 15,300 61
3 Feb. 22, 2011 New Zealand: South Island, Canterbury, Christchurch, Lyttelton 20,000 14,600 185
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. 4, 2010 New Zealand: Canterbury, Christchurch, Avonside, Omihi, Timaru, Kaiapoi, Lyttelton 7,400 5,900 NA 
6 Jan. 17, 1995 Japan: Prefecture Hyogo, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto 100,000 3,000 6,430
7 Jun. 13, 2011 New Zealand: Canterbury, Christchurch, Lyttelton 2,500 2,000 1
8 May 5 and May 29, 2012 Italy: Emilia-Romagna, San Felice del Panaro, Cavezzo, Rovereto di Novi, Carpi, Concordia, Bologna. Multiple earthquakes. 16,000 1,600 18
9 Dec. 26, 2004 Sri Lanka: Indonesia; Thailand; India; Bangladesh; Myanmar; Maldives; Malaysia. Multiple earthquakes, includes tsunami. 10,000 1,000 220,000
10 Oct. 17, 1989 USA: CA: Loma Prieta, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Silicon Valley 10,000 960 68
(1) As of February 2014. Ranked on insured losses when occurred. (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.