Here's what you need to know about earthquakes worldwide.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, "an earthquake is the ground shaking caused by a sudden slip on a fault. Stresses in the earth's outer layer push the sides of the fault together. Stress builds up and the rocks slips suddenly, releasing energy in waves that travel through the earth's crust and cause the shaking that we feel during an earthquake."
Major Earthquakes since 2000: (selected timeline of earthquakes around the world with death tolls exceeding 100)
June 4, 2000 - A magnitude 7.9 earthquake strikes southern Sumatra, Indonesia, killing an estimated 103 people.
January 13, 2001 - A magnitude 7.7 earthquakes hits near San Miguel, El Salvador, killing an estimated 852 people.
January 26, 2001 - An estimated 20,000 people are killed by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake centered in Gujarat, India.
February 13, 2001 - Another earthquake strikes El Salvador, magnitude 6.6. 315 people are estimated to have been killed.
June 23, 2001 - An estimated 138 people are killed in Peru by an 8.4 magnitude earthquake.
March 3, 2002 - In the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, an estimated 166 people are killed by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake.
March 25, 2002 - Another earthquake in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, this one a magnitude 6.1, kills 1,000 people.
June 22, 2002 - A magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes western Iran, killing an estimated 261 people.
February 24, 2003 - In southern Xianjiang, China a magnitude 6.3 quake leaves an estimated 263 people dead.
May 1, 2003 - A 6.4 quake strikes eastern Turkey, killing approximately 177 people.
May 21, 2003 - An estimated 2,266 people are killed by a magnitude 6.8 quake in northern Algeria.
December 26, 2003 - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes the city of Bam in southeast Iran. Around 31,000 people die in the quake.
February 24, 2004 - Approximately 631 people are killed in Morocco by a magnitude 6.4 quake.
December 26, 2004 - A magnitude 9.0 earthquake strikes off the west coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake and tsunamis generated by the earthquake kill 227,898 people in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Somalia and Bangladesh. The event created the longest fault rupture and the longest duration of faulting ever observed. The quake released an amount of energy equal to a 100-gigaton bomb and lasted between 500-600 seconds.
February 22, 2005 - A magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes central Iran, killing at least 612 people.
March 28, 2005 - A magnitude 8.7 earthquake strikes off the coast of Indonesia, on the same fault line that originated a Dec. 26 earthquake that launched a deadly tsunami. At least 1,300 people are killed.
October 8, 2005 - A magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes Pakistan. At least 86,000 people are killed.
May 26, 2006 - A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurs in central Java, Indonesia, killing at least 5,749 people.
July 17, 2006 - A magnitude 7.7 quake strikes Java, Indonesia, killing an estimated 730 people.
August 15, 2007 - A magnitude 8.0 earthquake hits Peru, about 100 miles south of the capital of Lima. Approximately 514 people are reported dead.
May 12, 2008 - A magnitude 7.9 earthquake strikes in central China. It is estimated that more than 87,000 people have been killed.
October 28, 2008 - A 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Pakistan, killing an estimated 166 people.