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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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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Ethiopia by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11 am UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Ethiopia
  • Jan. 26, 2:38 am
    Magnitude 4.3: 92 km northwest of Semera at a depth of ten km.


Earthquakes in Ethiopia since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Ethiopia happened on 06/01/1961 in the Karakore region 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.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal 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. Data have been summarized and translated.
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