Tsunamis in Venezuela

In a total of 4 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1530 a total of 4 people died in Venezuela. Tsunamis therefore occur only rarely here.

The strongest tidal wave registered in Venezuela so far reached a height of 10 meters. At this Tsunami on 10/29/1900 no losses of human lifes have been registered.

The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and economy had been a tsunami on 07/15/1853.

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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 500 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 Venezuela since 1530

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
01/17/1929Earthquake in Venezuela (Cumana) with a magnitude of 6.9.6 m0
10/29/1900Earthquake in Venezuela (Mancuto) with a magnitude of 8.4.10 m0
07/15/1853Earthquake in Venezuela (Cumana) with a magnitude of 6.7.5 m0
09/01/1530Earthquake in Venezuela (Cumana)7.3 m4


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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