New Delhi: Following is a chronology of major earthquakes :

October 23, 2011: A 7.2-magnitude earthquake devastated areas of eastern Turkey and left over 200 dead.

March 11, 2011: A 9.0-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami along the Pacific coastline in northern Japan, killing over 15,000 people and injuring at least 26,000 others. It also sparked a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant which was destroyed by the tsunami.

April 14, 2010: A quake of between 6.9 and 7.1 magnitude killed at least 2,039 people in remote Yushu county, Qinghai province in China.

January 13, 2010: Between 250,000 and 300,000 were killed in Haiti when a 7.0-Magnitude earthquake, considered as the most powerful quake in 200 years, hit the country.

May 12, 2008: A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan Province in Western China, killing about 70,000 people and leaving over 18,000 missing.

October 8, 2005: At least 75,000 people were killed when a 7.6-magnitude quake struck Pakistan and parts of India and Afghanistan.

December 6, 2004: Over 2,26,000 people, including more than 12,400 Indians, were killed in 14 Indian Ocean countries when a 9.1-magnitude quake struck the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia.

August 17, 1999: A quake measuring 7.6 on Richter Scale hit the western Turkish city of Izmit, killing at least 17,118 people and injuring about 50,000 others.

July 28, 1976: A 7.8 magnitude quake hit Hebei Province of China in which an estimated 242,000 people died.

May 31, 1970: Nearly 67,000 were believed to be killed when a 7.5 Magnitude quake jolted Huascaran mountain in Peru.

August 15, 1950: A 8.6-Magnitude quake that hit Assam and Tibet, which is also known as the Medog earthquake, caused huge devastation both in Assam and Tibet and claimed about 1,526 lives.

December 26, 1939: Around 35,000 people believed to have lost their lives in Turkey after a quake of 7.8 magnitude hit the country's eastern city of Erzincan.

May 31, 1935: An earthquake of the magnitude of 7.7 hit Quetta of Pakistan's Balochistan province (which was part of undivided India at that time), claiming the lives of anywhere between 30,000 and 60,000 people.

1932: Around 70,000 people lost their lives in a massive quake measuring 8.0 Magnitude hit China's Gansu province.

1927: A Magnitude 8.0 quake believed to have killed over 200,000 people in Nanshan province, China.

September 1, 1923: A magnitude 8.2 earthquake devastated Tokyo, the port city of Yokohama, surrounding prefectures in Japan besides killing more than 1,42,000 people and injuring over 50,000 others.

December 16, 1920: A 8.5 magnitude quake, known as the great Gansu earthquake, in northwestern China killed more than 100,000.

(Agencies)