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Earthquakes in Germany

In Germany earthquakes are moderate, but cause even slight damages to robust houses. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

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Most recent events

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

Recent earthquakes in Germany
  • Sept. 25, 8:18 am
    Magnitude 3.3: 6 km east-southeast of Arâches-la-Frasse, France at a depth of five km.


Earthquakes in Germany since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Germany happened on 09/03/1978 in the region Tailfingen with a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter scale.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
05/17/2014Hesse4 km3.60
12/05/2004Emmendingen, Freiburg Im Breisgau37 km4.80
03/22/2003Albstadt16 km4.70
07/22/2002Aachen, Cologne, Spangdahlem3 km4.80
09/03/1978Tailfingen30 km5.30


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