Major Earthquakes around the World, 2008

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

The following table lists the date, location, and magnitude of major earthquakes around the world during 2008.

DateLocationMagnitude 1
Jan. 5Queen Charlotte Islands Region6.6
Jan. 10Off the coast of Oregon6.4
Feb. 20Simeulue, Indonesia7.4
Feb. 24Neveda6.0
Feb. 25Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia7.0
March 21Xinjiang-Xizang Border Region7.2
April 9Loyalty Islands7.3
April 18Illinois5.2
May 12China7.9
June 13Eastern Honshu, Japan6.9
July 19Honshu, Japan7.0
Oct. 6Kyrgyzstan6.6
Oct. 11Russia6.3
Oct. 29Pakistan6.4
Nov. 16Indonesia7.3
Dec. 20Japan6.3
Source: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology:
NOTE: A major earthquake is defined here as having a magnitude of 6.0 or more.
1. Unless otherwise indicated, magnitudes listed are moment magnitudes, the newest, most uniformly applicable magnitude scale.
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