Earthquakes in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia earthquakes can be strong and cause heavy damages in a circle of dozens of kilometers. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

70 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Earthquakes in Ethiopia since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Ethiopia happened on 06/01/1961 in the region Karakore with a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 21 km resulted in 30 deaths.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
12/16/2010Jima, Hosa'ina, Shenk'ola, Wenjela24 km5.10
09/24/2005Dabbahu2 km5.60
04/01/1973Djibouti37 km5.90
03/29/1969Sardo54 km6.240
06/01/1961Karakore21 km6.530

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.