Major Earthquakes around the World, 2003

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
Jan. 20Solomon Islands7.3
Jan. 22Colima, Mexico7.6
March 17Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska7.0
May 26Near Honshu, Japan7.0
May 26Halmahera, Indonesia7.0
June 20Amazonas, Brazil7.1
July 15Carlsberg Ridge, Indian Ocean7.6
Aug. 4Scotia Sea, Canada7.5
Aug. 21South Island, New Zealand7.2
Sept. 25Hokkaido, Japan region8.3
Sept. 25Hokkaido, Japan region7.4
Sept. 27Southwestern Siberia, Russia7.4
Oct. 31Near Honshu, Japan7.0
Nov. 17Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands7.8
Dec. 27Southeast of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia7.3
NOTE: A major earthquake is defined here as having a magnitude of 7.0 or more.
1. Unless otherwise indicated, magnitudes listed are moment magnitudes, the newest, most uniformly applicable magnitude scale.
Source: National Earthquake Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey. Web:

See also The Ten Largest Earthquakes of the Century and The Largest Earthquakes in the United States.

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