As the world grapples with the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy, it is important to understand how the world has grown and how it has changed over the past 50 years.
Here is a look at the top ten most powerful earthquakes in the world.
Tōkyō in Japan in 1945 When a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Tōyō, Japan in March 1945, the quake killed at least 2,500 people and destroyed at least 30,000 homes and businesses.
Mombasa in Kenya in 1993 The Mombasat volcano erupted in Mombassa, Kenya, in 1994, causing more than 1,100 deaths and triggering the worst volcanic eruption in modern times.
Krakatoa in Indonesia in 1993 An earthquake on September 30, 1893 in the Pacific Ocean triggered an avalanche of volcanic debris that killed at most 400 people.
Cascadia in Washington State in 1993 A magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Washington, on September 20, 1993.
McKinley in Alaska in 1997 A magnitude 7.2 earthquake in June of 1997 killed more than 50 people and caused more than $200 million in damages.
Palisades in New York City in 2000 A magnitude 6 to 6.8 earthquake hit Palisads, New York, in 2000, and a massive tsunami devastated the area.
Tohoku in Japan In the Tohokū volcano in Japan, an earthquake of magnitude 7 hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, killing at least 12 people and destroying at least one building.
Tumblestone in Spain in 1997 The earthquake and tsunami of March 28, 1997, which killed at the rate of 40 people per hour and caused an estimated $7.3 billion in damage, was the largest earthquake ever recorded in Europe.
Mungo in Kenya The Mungoa volcano erupted on August 20, 1906, in Kenya, killing over 10,000 people and leaving a crater 6.2 miles wide.
Bali in Indonesia In October of 2013, an 8.7 earthquake struck Bali, Indonesia, killing more than 5,500 and causing $2 billion in damages, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.