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Earthquakes in Guadeloupe

In Guadeloupe, there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average. There were 4 earthquakes that also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lives, and cause additional damage.

Other natural hazards in Guadeloupe:
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Most recent events

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

Recent earthquakes in Guadeloupe
  • Jan. 20, 7:23 am
    Magnitude 6.2: 40 km west-southwest of Pointe-Noire at a depth of 166.37 km.


Earthquakes in Guadeloupe since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Guadeloupe happened on 12/25/1969 in the Grand Bourg region with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
02/14/2005Guadeloupe59 km5.80
11/21/2004Basse-Terre, Les Saintes7 km6.31
03/16/1985Guadeloupe 6.30
12/25/1969Grand Bourg27 km7.20


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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