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.

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