Earthquakes on the South Georgia and South Sandwich IslandsOn the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, 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. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.
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Most recent eventsThis list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 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.
- Jan. 23, 1:02 amMagnitude 5.1: South Sandwich Islands at a depth of ten km.
- Jan. 21, 3:47 amMagnitude 5.0: South Sandwich Islands at a depth of 35 km.
Earthquakes on the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands since 1950The strongest earthquake on the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands happened on 08/12/2021 in the South Sandwich Islands region with a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
|08/12/2021||South Sandwich Islands||63 km||7.5||0|
|08/12/2021||South Sandwich Islands||48 km||8.1||0|
|08/19/2016||South Sandwich Islands||11 km||7.4||0|
|09/08/1961||South Sandwich Islands||32 km||7.7||0|
|09/05/1961||South Sandwich Islands||7.7||0|
|09/01/1961||South Sandwich Islands||7.5||0|
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.