ICD-10-CM Code X34.XXXA

Earthquake, initial encounter

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

X34.XXXA is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of earthquake, initial encounter. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code X34.XXXA might also be used to specify conditions or terms like accident caused by earthquake, accident caused by movement of earth's crust, earthquake, victim of cataclysmic earth movements caused by earthquake, victim of effects of earthquake, victim of environmental event, etc

Short Description:Earthquake, initial encounter
Long Description:Earthquake, initial encounter


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Accident caused by earthquake
  • Accident caused by movement of earth's crust
  • Earthquake
  • Victim of cataclysmic earth movements caused by earthquake
  • Victim of effects of earthquake
  • Victim of environmental event

Convert X34.XXXA to ICD-9

  • E909.0 - Acc d/t earthquakes (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to forces of nature (X30-X39)
      • Earthquake (X34)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


An earthquake happens when two blocks of the earth suddenly slip past one another. Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently, and without warning at any time of the day or night. If an earthquake occurs in a populated area, it may cause property damage, injuries, and even deaths. If you live in a coastal area, there is the possibility of a tsunami. Damage from earthquakes can also lead to floods or fires.

Although there are no guarantees of safety during an earthquake, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety, and losses. If you do experience a disaster, it is normal to feel stressed. You may need help in finding ways to cope.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

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