Want to learn more about earthquakes? Check out our list of earthquake facts:
- The earliest recorded earthquake in California was in 1769, felt by an expedition of explorers camping not far from present day Los Angeles.
- The last recorded earthquake in the U.S. struck Prince William Sound, Alaska, on Good Friday, March 28, 1964. It had a 9.2 magnitude.
- The largest recorded earthquake in the world happened in Chile on may 22, 1960, and was a magnitude of 9.5.
- Scientists estimate that there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes annually in the world. 100,000 of those can be felt, and only about 100 of them usually cause damage.
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