Tsunamis on the Maldives

In a total of 8 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 2004 a total of 767 people died on the Maldives. Compared to other countries, Tsunamis therefore occur rather rarely.

The strongest tidal wave registered on the Maldives so far reached a height of 56 meters. At this Tsunami on 03/28/2005 a total of 6 people have been killed.

The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and economy had been a tsunami on 04/11/2012. A tidal wave of up to 52 meters killed 6 humans and destroyed vast areas.

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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 on the Maldives since 2004

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
03/02/2016Earthquake in Indonesia (Sw. Sumatra) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami also reached Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Mauritius.unknown6
04/11/2012Earthquake in Indonesia (Off W. Coast Of N Sumatra) with a magnitude of 8.6. The tsunami caused damages in 9 further countries.52m6
04/11/2012Earthquake in Indonesia (Off W. Coast Of N Sumatra) with a magnitude of 8.2. The tsunami also reached Thailand, India, Indonesia.16m2
10/25/2010Earthquake in Indonesia (Sumatra) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami caused damages in 6 further countries. A total of 431 humans died.54m6
09/12/2007Earthquake in Indonesia (Sumatra) with a magnitude of 8.4. The tsunami caused damages in 10 further countries.unknown6
07/17/2006Earthquake in Indonesia (South Of Java) with a magnitude of 7.7. The tsunami also reached Indonesia, Australia, Mauritius, Reunion. A total of 802 humans died.9m2
03/28/2005Earthquake in Indonesia (Indonesia) with a magnitude of 8.7. The tsunami caused damages in 8 further countries. A total of 10 humans died.56m6
12/26/2004Earthquake in Indonesia (Off W. Coast Of Sumatra) with a magnitude of 9.1. The tsunami caused damages in 47 further countries. A total of 227,899 humans died.30m733


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.