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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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Bolivia 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 11am UTC.

  • Jun 26, 5:14 pm
    Magnitude 4.1: 81 km southwest of Atocha at a depth of 240.60 km.
  • Jun 25, 10:02 pm
    Magnitude 5.7: 108 km south of Atico, Peru at a depth of 15.10 km.
  • Jun 19, 9:17 pm
    Magnitude 4.8: 151 km east of Iquique, Chile at a depth of 117.22 km.
  • Jun 19, 10:38 am
    Magnitude 4.1: 41 km west of Villazón at a depth of 271.88 km.

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.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal 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.
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