The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 140 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 Reunion since 1883
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Earthquake in Indonesia (Sumatra) with a magnitude of 7.8.
Earthquake in Indonesia (Sumatra) with a magnitude of 8.4. The tsunami also reached Indonesia, Thailand.
Earthquake in Indonesia (Off W. Coast Of Sumatra) with a magnitude of 9.1. The tsunami caused damages in 20 further countries. A total of 227,899 humans died.
Earthquake in Indonesia (Nw. Sumatra) with a magnitude of 7.6. The tsunami also reached Indonesia, Sri Lanka. A total of 400 humans died.
Volcano in Indonesia (Krakatau) The tsunami also reached Australia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, New Zealand. A total of 34,417 humans died.
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.