Japan was struck by the worst earthquake in its recorded history on 11 March 2011. The category 9 earthquake left 15,883 people dead and affected millions across Japan. It also caused a tsunami which lead to further damage and flooding. Hundreds of thousands of homes were either destroyed or suffered damage and a full recovery from the damage would take years.
A 5.8/5.9 magnitude earthquake struck L'Aquila, Italy on 06 April 2009. 297 people were killed and over 60,000 left homeless as houses were damaged or destroyed.
A devastating magnitude 8 earthquake struck Sichuan Province, China on 12 May 2008. 69 thousand people were killed and almost five million were left homeless in the aftermath.
A collection of Envisat MERIS/ASAR Full Resolution images acquired during the Earthquake/Tsunami event in Sri Lanka, Thailand and India.
Over 26 thousand people died in Iran when a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Bam on 26 December 2003. It was estimated that almost 90% of the buildings in the city were either damaged or destroyed.