Table 2

International search and rescue (ISAR) response to earthquake 1985–2015

Earthquake location (country)Date of eventMagnitude (Mw)*Depth (km)*Estimated death tollEstimated number of people injuredTotal number ISAR teams deployedNumber countries deploying
ISAR teams
Total ISAR personnelTotal ISAR dogsFirst ISAR team arrival post earthquake (hours)Total ISAR live rescuesRescues as % of estimated death toll
Mexico9 10 5919 September 19858.027.9950030 00099>845>4756660.69
Armenia9 32 33 9107 December 19886.85.425 00019 000Unknown18>1000>1005364–1350.26–0.54
Turkey45 92–9517 August 19997.617.017 00050 00092462700224161440.85
Taiwan48 96–10021 September 19997.733.0240011 00037217281031860.25
India34 10126 January 20017.716.020 000160 00026133594014240.12
Algeria35 36 10221 May 20036.812.0220010 0003820>1000>1002420.09
Iran30 40 46 103 10426 December 20036.610.040 00030 00035271345~15024250.06
Pakistan29 37 39 4108 October 20057.626.073 000100 00021156765026240.03
China30 105 10612 May 20087.919.069 000370 00066206Unknown>7220.003
Indonesia29 30 10730 September 20097.681.0110030002214663794400
Haiti6 27–29 42–44 64 108–11312 January 20107.013.0200 000300 0006730>1800161231340.07
New Zealand30 53 114–11622 February 20116.15.9180250087450Unknown~1210.56
Japan29–31 117 11811 March 20119.129.015 0006000201695839~2400
Nepal30 38 50 52 63 66 119 12025 April 20157.88.2860022 00076311872118<12160.19
  • *All earthquake magnitude and depths from United States Geological Survey available online.