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.

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