Giant quake 300 years ago

On January 26, 1700, the largest earthquake known to have occurred in the lower 48 United States rocked Cascadia, a region 600 miles long that includes northern California, Oregon, Washington, and southern British Columbia.

Earthquake casualties doubled in 1999

The number of major earthquakes for 1999 was above normal, and quake-related casualties were double the annual average, according to premilimary figures issued in early January by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).