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Top 10 Costliest U.S. Earthquakes By Inflation-Adjusted Insured Losses (1)

($ millions)

        Insured losses (2)  
Rank Date Location Overall losses
when occurred
Dollars
when
occurred
In 2016
dollars (3)
Fatalities
1 Jan. 17, 1994 California: Northridge, Los Angeles,
San Fernando Valley, Ventura, Orange
$44,000 $15,300 $25,223 61
2 Apr. 18, 1906 California: San Francisco, Santa Rosa,
San Jose
525 180 4,426 3,000
3 Oct. 17, 1989 California: Loma Prieta, Santa Cruz, San Francisco,
Oakland, Berkeley, Silicon Valley
10,000 960 1,842 68
4 Feb. 28, 2001 Washington: Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma; Oregon 2,000 300 411 1
5 Mar. 27-28, 1964 Alaska: Anchorage, Kodiak Island, Seward,
Valdez, Portage, Whittier, Cordova, Homer, Seldovia
540 45 351 131
6 Feb. 9, 1971 California: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles 550 35 211 65
7 Oct. 1, 1987 California: Los Angeles, Whittier 360 75 157 8
8 Aug. 24, 2014 California: Napa, Vallejo, Solano, Sonoma,
American Canyon
700 150 152 1
9 Apr. 4, 2010 California: San Diego, Calexico, El Centro,
Los Angeles, Imperial; Arizona: Phoenix, Yuma
150 100 111 0
10 Sep. 3, 2000 California: Napa 80 50 69 0

(1) Costliest U.S. earthquakes occurring from 1950 to 2016, based on insured losses when occurred. Includes the 1906 San Francisco, California, earthquake, for which reliable insured losses are available.
(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) Inflation-adjusted to 2016 dollars by the Insurance Information Institute using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Inflation Calculator.
(4) Inflation-adjusted to 2016 dollars based on 1913 Bureau of Labor Statistics data (earliest year available).

Source: © 2017 Munich Re, NatCatSERVICE; Insurance Information Institute.

 
THE TEN MOST COSTLY U.S. EARTHQUAKES BY INFLATION-ADJUSTED INSURED LOSSES (1)

($ millions)

        Insured losses (2)  
Rank Date Location Overall losses when occurred Dollars when occurred In 2013 dollars (3) Fatalities
1 Jan. 17, 1994 California: Northridge, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Ventura, Orange $44,000 $15,300 $24,050 61
2 Apr. 18, 1906 California: San Francisco, Santa Rosa, San Jose 524 180 4,240 (4) 3,000
3 Oct. 17, 1989 California: Loma Prieta, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Silicon Valley 10,000 960 1,800 68
4 Feb. 28, 2001 Washington: Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma; Oregon 2,000 300 395 1
5 Mar. 27-28, 1964 Alaska: Anchorage, Kodiak Island, Seward, Valdez, Portage, Whittier, Cordova, Homer, Seldovia; Hawaii; includes tsunami 540 45 340 131
6 Feb. 9, 1971 California: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles 553 35 200 65
7 Oct. 1, 1987 California: Los Angeles, Whittier 360 75 155 8
8 Apr. 4, 2010 California: San Diego, Calexico, El Centro, Los Angeles, Imperial; Arizona: Phoenix, Yuma 150 100 105 NA
9 Sep. 3, 2000 California: Napa 80 50 68 NA
10 Jun. 28, 1992 California: San Bernardino 100 40 66 1

(1) Costliest U.S. earthquakes occurring from 1950 to 2013, based on insured losses when occurred. Includes the 1906 San Francisco, California, earthquake, for which reliable insured losses are available.
(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) Inflation-adjusted to 2013 dollars by Munich Re.
(4) Inflation-adjusted to 2013 dollars based on 1913 Bureau of Labor Statistics data (earliest year available).

NA=Data not available.

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

 
TOP 10 MOST COSTLY U.S. EARTHQUAKES BY INFLATION-ADJUSTED INSURED LOSSES (1)

($ millions)

        Insured losses (2)  
Rank Date Location Overall losses
when occurred
Dollars
when
occurred
In 2014
dollars (3)
Fatalities
1 Jan. 17, 1994 California: Northridge, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Ventura, Orange $44,000 $15,300 $24,440 61
2 Apr. 18, 1906 California: San Francisco, Santa Rosa, San Jose 524 180 4,300 (4) 3,000
3 Oct. 17, 1989 California: Loma Prieta, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Silicon Valley 10,000 960 1,830 68
4 Feb. 28, 2001 Washington: Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma; Oregon 2,000 300 400 1
5 Mar. 27-28, 1964 Alaska: Anchorage, Kodiak Island, Seward, Valdez, Portage, Whittier, Cordova, Homer, Seldovia 540 45 340 131
6 Feb. 9, 1971 California: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles 553 35 200 65
7 Oct. 1, 1987 California: Los Angeles, Whittier 360 75 160 8
8 Aug. 24, 2014 California: Napa, Vallejo, Solano, Sonoma, American Canyon 700 150 150 1
9 Apr. 4, 2010 California: San Diego, Calexico, El Centro, Los Angeles, Imperial; Arizona: Phoenix, Yuma 150 100 110 NA
10 Sep. 3, 2000 California: Napa 80 50 70 NA

(1) Costliest U.S. earthquakes occurring from 1950 to 2014, based on insured losses when occurred. Includes the 1906 San Francisco, California, earthquake, for which reliable insured losses are available.
(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) Inflation-adjusted to 2014 dollars by Munich Re.
(4) Inflation-adjusted to 2014 dollars based on 1913 Bureau of Labor Statistics data (earliest year available).

NA=Data not available.

Source: © 2015 Munich Re, NatCatSERVICE.

 
Top 10 Costliest U.S. Earthquakes By Inflation-Adjusted Insured Losses (1)

($ millions)

        Insured losses (2)  
Rank Date Location Overall losses
when occurred
Dollars
when
occurred
In 2015
dollars (3)
Fatalities
1 Jan. 17, 1994 California: Northridge, Los Angeles, San Fernando
Valley, Ventura, Orange
$44,000 $15,300 $24,470 61
2 Apr. 18, 1906 California: San Francisco, Santa Rosa, San Jose 525 180 4,310 (4) 3,000
3 Oct. 17, 1989 California: Loma Prieta, Santa Cruz, San Francisco,
Oakland, Berkeley, Silicon Valley
10,000 960 1,830 68
4 Feb. 28, 2001 Washington: Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma; Oregon 2,000 300 400 1
5 Mar. 27-28, 1964 Alaska: Anchorage, Kodiak Island, Seward, Valdez,
Portage, Whittier, Cordova, Homer, Seldovia
540 45 340 131
6 Feb. 9, 1971 California: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles 550 35 200 65
7 Oct. 1, 1987 California: Los Angeles, Whittier 360 75 160 8
8 Aug. 24, 2014 California: Napa, Vallejo, Solano, Sonoma,
American Canyon
700 150 150 1
9 Apr. 4, 2010 California: San Diego, Calexico, El Centro,
Los Angeles, Imperial; Arizona: Phoenix, Yuma
150 100 110 0
10 Sep. 3, 2000 California: Napa 80 50 70 0

(1) Costliest U.S. earthquakes occurring from 1950 to 2015, based on insured losses when occurred. Includes the 1906 San Francisco, California, earthquake, for which reliable insured losses are available.
(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) Inflation-adjusted to 2015 dollars by Munich Re.
(4) Inflation-adjusted to 2015 dollars based on 1913 Bureau of Labor Statistics data (earliest year available).

Source: © 2016 Munich Re, NatCatSERVICE.