Author at The Secrets of the Universe, I am a science student from India. I am deeply interested in Astronomy, Classical Mechanics and Vortex Mathematics.
The planet we live on hides many secrets and exploring them is one's greatest dream. Matters ranging from the origin of life to what lies beneath the ground we all stand upon still continue to baffle researchers. But what happens when the planet goes out of order? Well, that's when the ground starts trembling, shattering mega-structures and forming tsunamis ready to engulf it all. You know what I am talking about, Watch out! It's An Earthquake!
Most of the earthquakes happen to be the result of the earth's tectonic plate movement, with many barely weak enough to be felt by human senses. Other's happen to be humongous enough to swallow the lives of many, along with leaving a long-lasting scar on the history of mankind. So considering your safety at the top, here are top earthquake prone countries in the world:
Philippines lies on the edge of the Pacific plate, or the Pacific ring of fire. Being on unstable land makes the Philippines a lot susceptible to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The bigger earthquakes can easily achieve a Richter rating of 7.0 or higher. The resealed energy is equivalent to over 23 Hiroshima bombs!
With several active volcanoes in its heart, this country lies between the South American plate and the Nazca plate. Although earthquakes here can occur due to various reasons, they are mainly due to the subduction interface along the plate boundary. The region is unstable and was responsible for the biggest earthquake of 20th century, with a Richter rating of 9.6!
India tops the world in case of its casualty rates that happen due to natural disasters. The earthquakes here occur due to the drift of Indian Tectonic Plates at a rate of 47 mm/year. On December 26, 2004, the place was responsible for the 3rd deadliest earthquake, killing over 15,000 peoples in India and causing damages worth millions.
Lying next to India, Nepal directly sits over the drift region between India and Asia. Aside from being one of the most seismically active regions in the world, it holds the record for the highest frequencies of earthquakes in thw world. Since the land is susceptible to soil liquefaction, it can easily turn into something like quicksand swallowing everything! April 25, 2015 was the deadliest day in its history. A 7.8 Richter rated earthquake hit the nation killing over 9,000 people!
Technically the most earthquake-prone area in the world, the region is located directly above the Pacific ring of fire. For those who don't know, The Ring of Fire is the tectonic plate in the Pacific basin. It is responsible for 90% of the world's earthquakes. Not only that, but Japan is also the home to 452 volcanoes, outshining any other place in terms of natural catastrophes.