Tsunamis in Iran

In a total of 3 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1945 a total of 2 people died in Iran. Tsunamis therefore occur only rarely here.

The strongest tidal wave registered in Iran so far reached a height of 13.66 meters. At this Tsunami on 11/27/1945 no losses of human lifes have been registered.

The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and economy had been a tsunami on 03/19/2017. A tidal wave of up to 3 meters killed 2 humans and destroyed vast areas.

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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 80 years.

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 largest tsunamis in Iran since 1945

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
03/19/2017Meteorological event in Iran (Persian Gulf)3 m2
12/26/2004Earthquake in Indonesia (Off W. Coast Of Sumatra) with a magnitude of 9.1. The tsunami caused damages in 20 further countries. A total of 227,899 humans died.4.4 m0
11/27/1945Earthquake, landslide in Pakistan (Makran Coast) with a magnitude of 8.0. The tsunami also reached India, Pakistan. A total of 4,000 humans died.13.66 m0


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