Tsunamis in Malaysia

In a total of 2 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1674 a total of 137 people died in Malaysia. Tsunamis therefore occur only rarely here.

The strongest tidal wave registered in Malaysia so far reached a height of 4.0 meters. At this Tsunami on 12/26/2004 a total of 137 people have been killed.



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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 20 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 Malaysia since 1674

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
12/26/2004Earthquake in Indonesia (Off W. Coast Of Sumatra) with a magnitude of 9.1. The tsunami caused damages in 19 further countries. A total of 227,899 humans died.4.0 m137
02/17/1674Earthquake in Indonesia (Banda Sea) with a magnitude of 6.8.0.000 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.