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Earthquakes in Cadoux 1979, Australia

Earthquakes in Australia

In Australia, 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 against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

12 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes. There were 3 earthquakes that also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lives, and cause additional damage.

Other natural hazards in Australia:
Cyclones
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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Australia 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 11 am UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Australia
  • Jan. 22, 2:29 am
    Magnitude 4.0: northwest of Australia at a depth of ten km.


Earthquakes in Australia since 1950

Earthquakes in Cadoux 1979, AustraliaThe strongest earthquake in Australia happened on 05/23/1989 in the Macquarie Station; New Zealand region with a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
09/21/2021Melbourne10 km5.90
02/26/2014Kalgoorlie29 km4.50
04/20/2010Kalgoorlie8 km5.20
09/22/2009Mornington41 km3.10
12/23/2004Macquarie Island4 km8.10
06/18/2000S, Cocos Islands13 km7.90
12/27/1989Newcastle57 km5.412
05/23/1989Macquarie Station; New Zealand46 km8.20
01/22/1988Tennant Creek57 km6.70
01/22/1988Tennant Creek58 km6.30
09/03/1987Macquarie Island13 km7.70
06/02/1979Western58 km6.10
03/09/1973Wollongong, Sydney12 km5.50
06/11/1970Macquarie Island38 km7.60
10/14/1968Meckering, Northam, Cunderdin, York 6.90
02/28/1954Adelaide 5.40


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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