Tsunamis in Morocco

In a total of 4 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1755 a total of 12 people died in Morocco. Tsunamis therefore occur only rarely here.

The strongest tidal wave registered in Morocco so far reached a height of 26 meters. At this Tsunami on 02/28/1969 a total of 2 people have been killed.

The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and economy had been a tsunami on 11/01/1755.

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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 270 years.

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 largest tsunamis in Morocco since 1755

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
05/26/1975Earthquake in Morocco (Azores Gibraltar Fracture Zone) with a magnitude of 7.7. The tsunami also reached United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal.unknown4
02/28/1969Earthquake in Portugal (Portugal) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami also reached Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom.26m2
09/09/1954Earthquake, landslide in Algeria (Sea Of Alboran) with a magnitude of 6.7.unknown2
11/01/1755Earthquake in Portugal (Lisbon) with a magnitude of 8.5. The tsunami caused damages in 21 further countries. A total of 50,000 humans died.unknown4

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