Earthquakes in Bhutan

In Bhutan earthquakes can be strong and cause heavy damages in a circle of dozens of kilometers. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes occur above average, but not excessively often.

11 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Earthquakes in Bhutan since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Bhutan happened on 09/21/2009 in the region Tashigang with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 5 km resulted in 11 deaths.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
12/31/2009Dametsi29 km5.20
10/29/2009Mongar, Pemagatsel, Tashigang38 km5.30
09/21/2009Tashigang5 km6.111
02/23/2006Tashigang53 km5.80
03/25/2003Phuentsholing26 km5.50

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.