Earthquakes in Montenegro

In Montenegro 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 130 people have been killed by direct consequences of earthquakes. 2 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

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Earthquakes in Montenegro since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Montenegro happened on 04/15/1979 in the region Montenegro with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 44 km resulted in 131 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
01/04/2018Montenegro (Berane)12 km4.90
04/15/1979Montenegro44 km6.9131
04/09/1979Bar Ulcinj20 km5.30
11/03/1968Montenegro 5.31


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.