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On Jan. 12, a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Estimates state that the death toll is about 50,000, while the number of those affected is upward of 3 million. Looking back, here are some facts and figures to show just how destructive these natural disasters can be:

Average number of earthquakes located daily by the NEIC (National Earthquake Information Center): 50

Richter scale measurement of the 1965 Chilean Earthquake (the most powerful on record): 9.5

Number of worldwide earthquakes located by NEIC in 2009: 14,465

Death toll of the 1556 Shaanxi earthquake (the deadliest on record): 830,000

Sources: earthquake.usgs.gov, extremescience.com