Major Earthquakes around the World, 2008

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

Date Location Magnitude 1
Jan. 5 Queen Charlotte Islands Region 6.6
Jan. 10 Off the coast of Oregon 6.4
Feb. 20 Simeulue, Indonesia 7.4
Feb. 24 Neveda 6.0
Feb. 25 Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia 7.0
March 21 Xinjiang-Xizang Border Region 7.2
April 9 Loyalty Islands 7.3
April 18 Illinois 5.2
May 12 China 7.9
June 13 Eastern Honshu, Japan 6.9
July 19 Honshu, Japan 7.0
Oct. 6 Kyrgyzstan 6.6
Oct. 11 Russia 6.3
Oct. 29 Pakistan 6.4
Nov. 16 Indonesia 7.3
Dec. 20 Japan 6.3
Source: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology:
Earthquake Events 2008: IRIS

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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