Tsunamis in South Korea

In a total of 6 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1643 a total of 134 people died in South Korea. Compared to other countries, Tsunamis therefore occur rather rarely.

The strongest tidal wave registered in South Korea so far reached a height of 46 meters. At this Tsunami on 07/12/1993 a total of 131 people have been killed.

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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 370 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 South Korea since 1643

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
07/12/1993Earthquake in Japan (Sea Of Japan) with a magnitude of 7.7. The tsunami also reached Japan, Russia, North Korea. A total of 208 humans died.46m131
05/26/1983Earthquake in Japan (Noshiro, Japan) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami also reached Japan, Russia. A total of 100 humans died.unknown0
06/16/1964Earthquake in Japan (Nw. Honshu Island) with a magnitude of 7.5. The tsunami also reached Japan, American Samoa, Russia. A total of 26 humans died.unknown0
04/13/1923Earthquake in Russia (Kamchatka) with a magnitude of 7.2. The tsunami also reached Russia, United States, Japan, Canada. A total of 18 humans died.unknown1
12/09/1649Earthquake in South Korea (Yellow Sea) with a magnitude of 6.5.unknown1
07/25/1643Earthquake in South Korea (Sea Of Japan) with a magnitude of 6.5.unknown1

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.