Earthquakes in Bolivia

In Bolivia there are very strong earthquakes with far-reaching consequences. Earthquakes with a magnitude of over 8.0 destroy numerous houses within a radius of several hundred kilometers and are causing great damage and devastation. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

Since 1950 more than 110 people have been killed by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Earthquakes in Bolivia since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Bolivia happened on 06/09/1994 in the region Arequipa, Felt In N And S America with a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 16 km resulted in 5 deaths.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
05/22/1998Central (Aiquile, Totora)50 km6.6105
06/09/1994Arequipa, Felt In N And S America16 km8.25
06/14/1959Bolivia-Northern Chile6 km7.51
11/29/1957S 7.80


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.