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Tsunamis in Venezuela

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

The strongest tidal wave registered in Venezuela so far reached a height of ten meters. On 10/29/1900, no losses of human lifes have been registered by this tsunami.

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

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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 marked positions on the map represent the most affected regions within the past 500 years.

The largest tsunamis in Venezuela since 1530

DateCauseMax. tidal waveFatalitiesTotal damage
01/17/1929Earthquakes in Venezuela (Cumana) with a magnitude of 6.9.6 m0
10/29/1900Earthquakes in Venezuela (Mancuto) with a magnitude of 8.4.10 m0
07/15/1853Earthquakes in Venezuela (Cumana) with a magnitude of 6.7.5 m0
09/01/1530Earthquakes in Venezuela (Cumana)7.3 m4


These evaluations are based on data from the Global Historical Tsunami Database of the National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, and World Data Service (NGDC/WDS), doi:10.7289/V5PN93H7. Individual data have been summarized or translated.
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