Tsunamis in Guatemala
In a total of 7 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1950 a total of 13 people died in Guatemala. Compared to other countries, Tsunamis therefore occur rather rarely.
The strongest tidal wave registered in Guatemala so far reached a height of 52 meters. At this Tsunami on 03/28/1964 a total of 2 people have been killed. Other natural hazards in Guatemala:
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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 60 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 Guatemala since 1950
|Date||Cause||max wave height||Deaths||Total damage|
|01/10/2018||Earthquake in Honduras (Off Coast Of Honduras) with a magnitude of 7.5. The tsunami also reached Belize, Mexico, Honduras, Cayman Islands.||unknown||1|
|05/28/2009||Earthquake in Honduras (Off Coast Of Honduras) with a magnitude of 7.3.||unknown||2|
|03/28/1964||Earthquake, landslide in the United States (Prince William Sound, Ak) with a magnitude of 9.2. The tsunami caused damages in 27 further countries. A total of 124 humans died.||52m||2|
|05/22/1960||Earthquake in Chile (Southern Chile) with a magnitude of 9.5. The tsunami caused damages in 31 further countries. A total of 2,226 humans died.||35m||2|
|03/09/1957||Earthquake in the United States (Andreanof Islands, Ak) with a magnitude of 8.6. The tsunami caused damages in 18 further countries.||unknown||2|
|11/04/1952||Earthquake in Russia (Kamchatka) with a magnitude of 9.0. The tsunami caused damages in 21 further countries. A total of 10,000 humans died.||unknown||2|
|10/23/1950||Earthquake in Guatemala (Guatemala) with a magnitude of 7.5. The tsunami also reached United States, El Salvador.||25m||2|
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.
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