Deaths from U.S. Earthquakes

This webpage is updated in January of each year to incorporate any relevant data from the previous year.

Date UTC Location Deaths Comments
1811 12 16 Northeast Arkansas -
New Madrid, Missouri
Several 1811 12 16 thru 1812 02 07.
1812 12 08 San Juan Capistrano, California 40
1812 12 21 Santa Barbara, California 1
1857 01 09 Fort Tejon, California 1
1868 04 03 Hawaii Island, Hawaii 77 Landslides: 31, tsunami: 46.
1868 10 21 Hayward, California 30
1872 03 26 Owens Valley, California 27
1877 05 10 Chile, South America 5 Tsunami in Hawaii.
1886 09 01 Charleston, South Carolina 60
1892 04 19 Vacaville, California 1
1899 12 25 San Jacinto, California 6
1906 04 18 San Francisco, California 3000 Deaths (approximate) from earthquake and fire.
1915 06 23 Imperial Valley, California 6
1918 04 21 San Jacinto, California 1
1925 06 29 Santa Barbara, California 13
1926 06 29 Santa Barbara, California 1
1932 06 06 Eureka, California 1
1933 03 11 Long Beach, California 115
1934 03 12 Kosmo, Utah 2
1935 10 19 Helena, Montana 2
1935 10 31 Helena, Montana 2
1940 05 19 Imperial Valley, California 9
1946 04 01 Aleutian Islands, Alaska 165 Tsunami: 159 Hawaii, 5 Alaska, 1 California.
1949 04 13 Puget Sound, Washington 8
1952 07 21 Kern County, California 12
1952 08 22 Kern County, California 2
1954 12 21 Eureka, California 1
1955 10 24 Concord, California 1
1957 03 22 Daly City, California 1
1958 07 10 Lituya Bay, Alaska 5
1959 08 18 Hebgen Lake, Montana 28
1960 05 22 Chile, South America 61 Tsunami in Hawaii.
1964 03 28 Prince William Sound, Alaska 128 Tsunami: 98 Alaska, 11 California, 4 Oregon.
Earthquake: 15 Alaska.
1965 04 29 Seattle, Washington 7
1969 10 02 Santa Rosa, California 1
1971 02 09 San Fernando, California 65
1975 11 29 Hawaii Island, Hawaii 2
1983 10 28 Borah Peak, Idaho 2
1987 10 01 Los Angeles-Whittier, Cailfornia 8
1987 10 04 Los Angeles-Whittier, California 1
1989 08 08 Santa Cruz County, California 1
1989 10 18 Santa Cruz County, California 63
1991 06 28 Southern California 2
1992 06 28 Landers, California 3
1993 09 21 Klamath Falls, Oregon 2
1994 01 17 Northridge, California 60
1995 02 03 Wyoming 1
2003 12 22 Central California 2

Abridged from Seismicity of the United States, 1568-1989 (Revised), by Carl W. Stover and Jerry L. Coffman, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1527, United States Government Printing Office, Washington: 1993, and Significant Earthquakes of the World.