Earthquakes in North Macedonia

In North Macedonia earthquakes can be strong and cause heavy damages in a circle of dozens of kilometers. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.

Since 1950 more than 1000 people died by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Earthquakes in North Macedonia since 1950

The strongest earthquake in North Macedonia happened on 05/24/1979 in the region Macedonia (Debar) with a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
09/11/2016Macedonia7 km5.30
05/24/2009Macedonia50 km5.30
09/28/1985Macedonia (Demir Kapija-Negotino)15 km5.00
02/25/1983Macedonia (Skopje)12 km4.712
11/16/1982Albania (Bier, Berat, Lushnje)21 km5.51
05/24/1979Macedonia (Debar)18 km6.20
07/26/1963Macedonia (Skopje)12 km6.01070


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.