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Earthquakes 2001-2017

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An earthquake is the movement of the ground, resulting from pressure between tectonic plates. Some places experience many earthquakes because they are located near to an active plate boundary.

Most of the earthquakes between 2001 and 2017 have been recorded in China, followed by Indonesia and Iran, but Haiti reaches the highest death toll with just one earthquake in 2010, where – according to the Haitian government- more than 200.000 people died. Over 90.000 people died during 3 earthquakes in the Democratic Republic of Congo while 86 earthquakes in China resulted in roughly the same number of fatalities.

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Technical Notes

This map shows the proportion of  earthquake disasters between 2001 and 2017, that happened there

Definition:

For a disaster to included at least one of the following criteria must be fulfilled:
Ten (10) or more people reported killed
Hundred (100) or more people reported affected
Declaration of a state of emergency
Call for international assistance

Data sources
This map uses data by  EM-DAT: The Emergency Events Database (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

All modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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