Indonesia was hit last Saturday by a tsunami, whose latest balance of victims increased and there are at least 429 dead and 154 missing. But far from it has been the tsunami that has caused more victims.
And if we talk about earthquakes, then the figures also acquire much greater magnitudes.
On December 26, 2004, an earthquake with a value of 9 Mw took place under the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Indonesia. The tsunami that resulted from the earthquake flooded the coasts of nine countries around the Indian Ocean.
At January 20, 2005, the death toll reached at least 226,000 people.
The greatest number of earthquake deaths during modern times took place in North America on January 12, 2010. The earthquake was 7 Mw, with an epicenter 25 km west of Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti.
The number of victims was 316,000. The disaster also left about 1.3 million people displaced and 97,294 homes destroyed.
The most lethal earthquake of all time was probably the one that punished the Chinese provinces of Shaanxi and Henan on February 2, 1556: 830,000 dead.