10 costliest earthquakes in US history

Only 10% of US homeowners have earthquake insurance. Should you pay for it?

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Aug 8, 2013 2:14PM

Living in Southern California, I very clearly remember the Northridge quake. I was a teenager and it was terrifying!


The 87' Whittier quake was the first significant quake I remember feeling. I was about 10 at the time. That one scared me and I have been afraid of quakes since. The Northridge just added on to my continued fear.

Aug 8, 2013 1:29PM
The Northridge-Reseda quake hit on Martin L King's birthday Monday.  Had it been a regular workday am the toll would have been much higher.  I sure felt it out east in Riverside.  Not a pleasant wake up call at 0430. 
Aug 5, 2013 11:45AM
I lived in San Jose, CA in 1989 and we felt that Earthquake really bad...... Almost knocked me off my feet.  We ended up going to Santa Cruz but didn't see too much damage but than we went to San Francisco several months after the quake and saw where the Cypress Freeway stood and we drove over the new section of the Bay Bridge which was weird...... I will never forget that day and the days and months that followed...
Aug 8, 2013 1:07PM
I lost my home in the Northridge Earthquake and no one was there to help except Anheuser Busch bottled water for us.  I had earthquake insurance and found how the insurance companies calculate the 20% of FMV deductible.  FEMA was there months later to write loans (what they defined as low interest loans which were double the mortgage rates now).  I lost virtually everything.  When Katrina hit I saw the contrast.
Aug 8, 2013 4:54PM

I'm shocked that they listed the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake in Alaska, that killed 143 people or more with a magnitude of  beetween 9.2 to 9.6, depending on what source you believe in because they changed the magnitude several times now, and reached all over Alaska and was felt later in parts of Canada and parts in Lower 48 like California.

The biggest earthquake I've ever been in had a magnitude of 7.8 in the Interior of Alaska. The earthquake destroyed about 200 miles of highway, and caused damages to homes and buisness's.

Aug 8, 2013 3:01PM

the 2001 nisqually quake will stay with me forever!  my 1st and hopefully last big quake. It seemed to just roll on and on it lasted for what seemed forever!  I was living in a old 1930's house at the time everything came off the walls! broken glass everywhere! as i ran screaming to the kitchen to get under the table i was being hit by stuff falling. afterwards we had cracks in the walls, floors and even a huge one that went from the driveway into the garage!  the worst part was all communications were down after the quake. we had no power ,cell or home phone so for a while we had no idea how bad it really was. I pray the "big one" never hits!

Aug 8, 2013 4:31PM
Where is the main news story about the 13 year old white boy who was beaten half to death in Florida  by three 15 year old black punk criminals on a school bus?
Aug 8, 2013 2:31PM
This list doesn't look right.  It doesn't include the 1933 Long Beach quake which did far more damage than the San Simeon quake (among others on the list).  Also the collapse on the Bay Bridge didn't kill the driver.  She drove off of the damaged upper deck ofthe bridge when in the confusion following the quake someone turned her around on the island and told her to drive to Oakland going the opposite direction of normal traffic.
Aug 8, 2013 3:36PM
Well, California sure has a lot of quakes.  It's kind of interesting that the biggest (on seismic scale) are not the most damaging.  So....why do so many people want to live in an area that most certainly will see additional damage from quakes every few years?   I remember some folks on these forums blaming the house owners in wildfire areas for their own house's demise.  Maybe we should all blame you Californians for the damage to your own homes?

Why, when one lives in California, does one not get quake insurance?

Aug 3, 2013 3:04AM
Earthquake in Baja, Ca. in 2010, why is the store selves have food on one side and cleaning supplies on the other side of the aisle.  Doesn't food items have to be separated from Chemicals, not in same aisle in supermarket???
Breakfast cereal on one side, cleaning stuff on other side???  
Aug 8, 2013 1:35PM

Looks a lot like Hiroshima and Nagasaki---- but with less radiation, that was spread all over the globe from there, and has caused immeasurable cancer all over the globe-- but the Brawnies continue every day about Nuking the Muslims and others----Why is that relevant--that was not caused by the natural shakings--.--I was in SFO in 89 and that was a wake up call.--I could not believe the bridges and houses falling down, but nothing compared to the killings of 240,000 Japanese and later loosing over 1/2 million from cancer.  This week was just the anniversary of that enormous USA killing again.--But we have now caused about the same killing in Iraq, and so far we have not used "Nuke-liar"--(Remember he could not say it, he was apparently saying it all the time correctly about nuclear weapons in Iraq).


DO NOT TRY THIS ON CHINA!, because then there will be no one left here to bury all 317,000,000 bodies here.

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