Costliest earthquakes worldwide by total and insured losses between 1980 and 2012 (in million U.S. dollars)

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Earthquake locationInsured lossesTotal losses
Japan: Honshu
(March 11, 2011)
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Japan: Kobe
(January 17, 1995)
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China: Sichuan, Mianyang, Beichuan, Wenchuan, Shifang, Chengdu, Guangyuan, Ngawa, Ya'an (May 12,2008) - -
United States: Northridge
(January 17, 1994)
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Chile: Bio Bio, Maule
(February 27, 2010)
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Japan: Honshu, Niigata, Ojiya, Tokyo, Nagaoka, Yamakoshi (October 23, 2004) - -
New Zealand: Christchurch
(February 22, 2011)
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Italy: Emilia-Romagna
(May 29/June 3, 2012)
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Armenia: Spitak, Kirowakan, Leninakan, Stepanavan. Turkey (December 7,1988) - -
Taiwan: Nantou, Hsinchuang, Taichung, Puli, Touliu, Yun-lin, Chunghwa (September 21,1999) - -
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The statistic shows the most costly earthquakes worldwide between 1980 and 2012. The 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan was the most expensive earthquake disaster of this time period. The total losses sustained as a result of this earthquake amounted to around 210 billion US dollars, while the insured losses amounted to 40 billion US dollars.

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