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Earthquakes on the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

On the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 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.

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Earthquakes on the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands since 1950

The strongest earthquake on the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands happened on 09/05/1961 in the region South Sandwich Islands with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
08/19/2016South Sandwich Islands11 km7.40
09/08/1961South Sandwich Islands32 km7.70
09/05/1961South Sandwich Islands 7.70
09/01/1961South Sandwich Islands 7.50


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.