Earthquakes in India

In India, there are very strong earthquakes with far-reaching consequences. Earthquakes with a magnitude of over 8.0 destroy numerous houses within a radius of several hundred kilometers and are causing great damage and devastation. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes occur rather rarely.

Since 1950, more than 35,400 people died by the direct consequences of earthquakes. There were 5 earthquakes that also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lives, and cause additional damage.

Other natural hazards in India:
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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around India by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 10:00 UTC.

Recent earthquakes in India
  • May 24, 3:51 am
    Magnitude 4.3: 56 km north-northeast of Dipayal, Nepal at a depth of ten km.
  • May 22, 8:15 am
    Magnitude 5.0: 78 km north-northeast of Sarupathar at a depth of ten km.
  • May 21, 7:17 pm
    Magnitude 4.2: 70 km east of Yairipok at a depth of 80.35 km.

Earthquakes in India since 1950

The strongest earthquake in India happened on 08/15/1950 in the India-China region with a magnitude of 8.6 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 30 km resulted in 1530 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
04/28/2021Assam34 km6.02
07/24/2019Maharashtra (Palghar)10 km3.81
02/01/2019Maharashtra (Palghar)5 km3.61
09/12/2018West Bengal10 km5.31
01/03/2017Ambasa; Bangladesh8 km5.73
01/03/2016Impahl27 km6.713
06/28/2015Kokrajhar56 km5.30
08/02/2013Kashmir (Kishtwar)7 km5.20
05/01/2013Kashmir (Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban)13 km5.73
10/18/2012Deurala, Jaisinghnagar, Kotma, Sarai, Umaria27 km5.00
05/11/2012Assam (Kamrup, Guwahati)35 km5.40
11/21/2011Assam42 km5.80
10/29/2011Sikkim55 km3.52
10/20/2011Gujarat34 km5.00
09/18/2011Sikkim51 km6.9111
09/07/2011Delhi18 km4.30
06/22/2010Tauli10 km5.20
06/18/2010Andaman Islands (Diglipur)31 km5.90
06/12/2010Little Nicobar Island50 km7.50
05/01/2010Chamoli29 km4.50
03/30/2010Andaman Islands (Diglipur)46 km6.70
12/12/2009Maharashtra (Satara)25 km5.10
08/10/2009Andaman I35 km7.50
05/19/2009Kashmir48 km4.90
04/09/2009Jaisalmer58 km5.20
03/26/2009Chaibasa11 km4.10
09/16/2008Maharashtra14 km5.01
06/06/2008Manpur33 km3.80
03/09/2008Gujarat41 km4.50
02/06/2008West Bengal40 km4.31
11/25/2007Badaun, Meerut, Noida, Rewari17 km4.70
11/06/2007Gujarat5 km5.11
08/20/2007Maharashtra (Satara)53 km4.40
07/22/2007Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Muzaffarnagar14 km4.30
12/24/2006Rajasthan26 km4.20
04/06/2006Gujarat16 km5.50
03/07/2006Gujarat46 km5.50
02/14/2006Sikkim25 km5.32
12/14/2005Jausari, Chamoli, Nandprayag54 km5.31
08/30/2005Maharashtra (Ambeghar, Dicholi, Kisrule)17 km4.70
08/16/2005Uttaranchal (Uttarkahi)54 km4.40
08/14/2005Maharashtra32 km4.40
07/24/2005Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands6 km7.20
03/15/2005Maharashtra (Dhebewadi)6 km4.30
03/14/2005Maharashtra (Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Satara)49 km4.90
02/15/2005Khaspur11 km5.10
12/09/2004Hailakandi, Cachar 5.40
09/13/2002Andaman Islands (Rongat, Diglipur, ariel Bay)29 km6.52
01/26/2001Gujarat (Bhuj, Ahmadabad, Rajokot; Pakistan)40 km7.720005
01/03/2000Maheshkhali12 km4.60
03/28/1999Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Tehri Garhwal11 km6.6100
11/21/1997Chittagong, Bangladesh6 km6.123
05/21/1997Southern (Jabalpur)28 km5.856
11/12/1993Latur28 km4.60
09/29/1993Latur-Osmanabad, Killari48 km6.211000
11/08/1991Jodhpur, Jaisalmer44 km5.00
10/19/1991Chamoli, Uttarkashi, New Delhi, Chandigarh14 km7.02000
04/26/1986Kashmir (Dharmsala, Lahore, Pakistan)16 km5.36
12/30/1984Assam, Cachar District37 km5.620
01/20/1982Little Nicobar Island11 km6.30
08/23/1980Kashmir3 km4.80
08/23/1980Kashmir51 km4.915
01/19/1975Kashmir (Kinnaur District)2 km6.847
03/23/1970Broach59 km5.426
12/10/1967India 6.5180
08/15/1966N 5.615
09/02/1963Kashmir (Sw) 5.380
02/04/1961India 7.60
07/21/1956Anjar, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Kandla 6.1156
05/17/1955Little Nicobar Island49 km7.30
08/15/1950India-China30 km8.61530

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Data have been summarized and translated.
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