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Tsunamis in Egypt

A total of 3 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 365 have killed 70 people in Egypt. Tsunamis therefore occur only rarely here.

The strongest tidal wave registered in Egypt so far reached a height of four meters. On 11/22/1995, no losses of human lifes have been registered by this tsunami.

The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and the economy had been a tsunami on 08/08/1303. A tidal wave of up to zero meters killed 70 humans and destroyed vast areas.

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Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes or other seismic eruptions on ground of an oceans and can cause massive tidal waves, which run with enormous force on land, causing great devastation. Especially in regions with only few tsunamis, the damage is often drastic, as the population does not expect tsunamis and thus hardly takes any protective measures. Even relatively small flood waves can lead to high losses and financial damage.

The marked positions on the map represent the most affected regions within the past 720 years.

The largest tsunamis in Egypt since 365 AD.

DateCauseMax. tidal waveFatalitiesTotal damage
11/22/1995Earthquakes in Egypt (Gulf Of Elat-Aqaba) with a magnitude of 7.2. The tsunami also reached Jordan, Israel.4 m0
08/08/1303Earthquakes in Greece (Aegean Sea) with a magnitude of 8.0. The tsunami also reached Israel, Greece.0 m70
07/21/365Earthquakes in Greece (Crete) with a magnitude of 8.0. The tsunami also reached Spain, Turkey, Greece. A total of 5,000 humans died.0 m0


These evaluations are based on data from the Global Historical Tsunami Database of the National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, and World Data Service (NGDC/WDS), doi:10.7289/V5PN93H7. Individual data have been summarized or translated.
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