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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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around North Macedonia 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.

  • May 8, 4:30 pm
    Magnitude 4.6: 5 km east-northeast of Thívai, Greece at a depth of 10 km.
  • May 8, 10:13 am
    Magnitude 4.3: 5 km east of Thívai, Greece at a depth of 10.65 km.

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.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
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.
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