Tsunamis in Greece

In a total of 43 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 142 a total of 520 people died in Greece. Tsunamis therefore occur comparatively often in this country.



The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and economy had been a tsunami on 07/21/0365.

Other natural hazards in Greece:
Volcanos
Earthquake
The most severe natural disasters worldwide


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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 1900 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 Greece since 1804

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
07/20/2017Earthquake in Turkey (Gulf Of G?kova) with a magnitude of 6.7.unknown94
06/12/2017Earthquake in Greece (Lesbos) with a magnitude of 6.3.unknown1
01/01/1996Landslide in Greece (W. Corinth Gulf)unknown1
06/15/1995Earthquake, landslide in Greece (Gulf Of Corinth: Aiyion) with a magnitude of 6.5.unknown2
02/11/1984Earthquake in Greece (Corinthos Gulf, Greece) with a magnitude of 5.4.unknown1
01/17/1983Earthquake in Greece (Ionian Sea) with a magnitude of 7.2.unknown1
02/24/1981Earthquake in Greece (Athens-Eastern Gulf Of Corinth) with a magnitude of 6.7.unknown7
02/02/1963Landslide in Greece (Corinth Gulf)unknown9
07/09/1956Earthquake in Greece (Cyclades) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami caused damages in 5 further countries.unknown318
07/09/1956Earthquake in Greece (Amorgos Island, Aegean Islands) with a magnitude of 6.8.unknown1
04/19/1955Earthquake in Greece (Volos Gulf) with a magnitude of 6.2.unknown1
07/23/1949Earthquake in Greece (Chios Island, Aegean Islands) with a magnitude of 6.7.unknown1
04/22/1948Earthquake in Greece (Ionian Sea) with a magnitude of 6.5.unknown1
02/09/1948Earthquake in Greece (Dodecanese, Karpathos Is.) with a magnitude of 7.1.unknown1
10/06/1947Earthquake, landslide in Greece (Peloponnesus, Greece) with a magnitude of 6.9.unknown1
04/22/1928Earthquake in Greece (Corinthos-Patras Gulf) with a magnitude of 6.0.unknown7
08/07/1915Earthquake in Greece (Ionian Sea) with a magnitude of 6.7.unknown2
07/05/1902Earthquake in Greece (Aegean Sea) with a magnitude of 6.6.unknown1
04/27/1894Earthquake, landslide in Greece (North Evoikos Gulf) with a magnitude of 7.0.unknown2
02/09/1893Earthquake in Greece (Samothrace) with a magnitude of 6.5.unknown2
08/27/1886Earthquake in Greece (Ionian Sea) with a magnitude of 7.5.unknown1
09/20/1867Earthquake in Greece (Peloponnesus, Greece) with a magnitude of 7.1. The tsunami also reached Malta, Italy, Albania.unknown19
02/06/1866Earthquake in Greece (S. Coasts Peloponnesus, Greece) with a magnitude of 6.0.unknown1
12/26/1861Earthquake, landslide in Greece (Corinth Gulf) with a magnitude of 7.3.unknown6
11/13/1856Earthquake in Greece (Chios Island, Aegean Islands) with a magnitude of 6.6.unknown1
08/18/1853Earthquake in Greece (Central Greece (Evoikos Gulf))unknown1
04/03/1851Earthquake in Turkey (Asia Minor)unknown1
01/06/1821Earthquake in Greece (Ionian Sea) with a magnitude of 6.5.unknown1
08/23/1817Earthquake in Greece (Corinthos-Patras Gulf) with a magnitude of 6.8.unknown2
06/08/1804Earthquake in Greece (Corinthos-Patras Gulf) with a magnitude of 6.7.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.