Tsunamis in China

A total of 5 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1670 have killed 0 people in China. Compared to other countries, Tsunamis therefore occur rather rarely.

The strongest tidal wave registered in China so far reached a height of 1.7 meters. On 12/18/1867, 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 08/19/1670.

Other natural hazards in China:
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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 360 years.

The largest tsunamis in China since 1670

DateCauseMax. tidal waveFatalitiesTotal damage
06/24/1988Earthquakes in the Philippines (North Of Luzon Island) with a magnitude of m0
01/25/1917Earthquakes in China (South China Sea) with a magnitude of 6.5.0 m0
12/18/1867Earthquakes in Taiwan (E. China Sea) with a magnitude of m0
12/24/1854Earthquakes in Japan (Nankaido) with a magnitude of 8.4.1 m0
08/19/1670Earthquakes in China (East China Sea) with a magnitude of 6.8.0 m0

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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