Earthquakes in Brazil

In Brazil, there are only light earthquakes, which can cause perceptible vibrations, but often do little damage. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

2 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes.

The most severe earthquakes in the world

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Brazil 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 10:00 UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Brazil
  • May 28, 11:57 pm
    Magnitude 5.1: Northern Peru at a depth of 147.43 km.

Earthquakes in Brazil since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Brazil happened on 11/30/1986 in the Joao Camara, Natal region with a magnitude of 4.8 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 48 km resulted in 1 deaths.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
05/19/2012Montes Claros21 km4.10
02/29/2008Sobral 4.30
12/09/2007Minas Gerais29 km4.61
11/30/1986Joao Camara, Natal48 km4.81

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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