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 against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very 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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Earthquakes in Venezuela since 1950

The 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 46 km resulted in 5 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
08/21/2018Sucre; Trinidad46 km7.35
04/03/2018Merida27 km4.90
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. Foto taken from National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, public domain).