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Earthquakes in Caracas, Venezuela

Earthquakes in Venezuela

In Venezuela there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes occur rather rarely.

Since 1950 more than 500 people have been killed by direct consequences of earthquakes. 5 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

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Most recent events

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

  • Jun 11, 8:50 pm
    Magnitude 4.6: northern Colombia at a depth of 10 km.

Earthquakes in Venezuela since 1950

Earthquakes in Caracas, VenezuelaThe strongest earthquake in Venezuela happened on 08/21/2018 in the region Sucre; Trinidad with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 146 km resulted in 5 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
08/21/2018Sucre; Trinidad146 km7.35
04/03/2018Merida10 km4.90
11/22/2015Merida5 km5.11
11/07/2015Merida30 km5.31
01/15/2010Cariaco46 km5.50
11/27/2009Siquisique53 km5.40
09/12/2009Carabobo24 km6.30
08/11/2008Cariaco-Cumana26 km5.20
07/09/1997Cariaco-Cumana13 km7.081
08/17/1991Barquisimeto34 km5.20
05/04/1989Falcon, Carabobo, Caracas6 km5.20
07/18/1986Churuguara, Falcon, Lara38 km4.91
06/11/1986Venezuela1 km6.22
04/05/1975Venezuela36 km6.13
06/12/1974Venezuela47 km6.15
09/20/1968Carupano 6.23
07/29/1967Venezuela58 km6.5300
09/19/1966Venezuela 5.00
08/03/1950El Tocuyo 6.8100


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.
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