The world's deadliest earthquakes since 1970

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A list of the world's 10 most deadly quakes over the past 40 years. (The list does not include Haiti's magnitude-7.0 earthquake).

- July 27, 1976: A magnitude-7.5 earthquake in China killed at least 242,000 people.

- Dec. 26, 2004: A magnitude-9 quake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 226,000 people in 12 countries, including 165,700 in Indonesia and 35,400 in Sri Lanka, and affected 2.4 million.

- May 12, 2008: A magnitude-7.9 earthquake in Eastern China killed 88,000 people and affected nearly 45 million people in 10 provinces.

- Oct. 8, 2005: A magnitude-7.6 earthquake in Pakistan killed 75,000 people and affected nearly 5.3 million people.

- May 31, 1970: A magnitude-7.9 quake in Peru killed 67,000 and affected 3.2 million.

- June 20, 1990: A magnitude-7.4 earthquake in Iran killed at least 40,000 and affected 710,000.

- Dec. 26, 2003: A magnitude-6.5 earthquake in Iran killed 27,000 and affected 268,000.

- Dec. 7, 1988: A magnitude-6.9 earthquake in Armenia killed at least 25,000 and affected more than 1.6 million.

- Sept. 16, 1978: A magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Iran killed 25,000 and affected 40,000

- Feb. 4, 1976: A magnitude-7.5 earthquake in Guatemala killed more than 23,000 and affected nearly 5 million.

(Source: US Geological Survey, WHO International Disaster Database.)

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