Tsunamis in Cyprus

A total of 2 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 543 have killed 0 people in Cyprus. Tsunamis therefore occur only rarely here.

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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 1,500 years.

The largest tsunamis in Cyprus since 543 AD.

DateCauseMax. tidal waveFatalitiesTotal damage
05/20/1202Earthquake, landslide in Syria (Southwestern Syria) with a magnitude of 7.6.0 m0
01/01/543Earthquakes in Turkey (Black 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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