12 of the Most Destructive Earthquakes


Southern USSR: October 5, 1948

This earthquake in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, killed around 110,000

people, more than two-thirds of the city's population at the time. The 7.3 magnitude rumbling reduced much of the city to rubble and was one of the most devastating quakes to hit Central Asia. In 2002, the government of Turkmenistan commemorated the devastating event by issuing special coins featuring images of President Suparmurat Niyazov and his family members -- most of whom died in the 1948 quake.