ALPHA AND OMEGA
• The Mauna Loa
volcano in Hawaii holds the title here on Earth. It rises more
than 50,000 feet (9.5 miles or 15.2 kilometers) above its base,
which sits under the surface of the sea. But that's all volcanic
chump change. Olympus Mons on Mars rises 16 miles (26
kilometers) into the Martian sky. Its base would almost cover
the entire state of Arizona.
• The 1994 Northridge earthquake had a magnitude of 6.7 was responsible for approximately 60 deaths, 9,000 injuries, and more than $40 billion in damage. The Kobe earthquake of 1995 was magnitude 6.8 and killed 5,530 people. There were some 37,000 injuries and more than $100 billion in economic loss.
• Lowest dry point on Earth- The shore of the Dead Sea in the Middle East is about 1,300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Not even a close second is Bad Water in Death Valley, California, at a mere 282 feet below sea level.
• Alaska experiences a magnitude 7 earthquake almost every year, and a magnitude 8 or greater earthquake on average every 14 years. Florida and North Dakota get the fewest earthquakes in the states, even fewer than New York.