Tsunamis in Norway

In a total of 11 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1755 a total of 65 people died in Norway. Compared to other countries, Tsunamis therefore occur rather rarely.



The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and economy had been a tsunami on 09/13/1936.

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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 200 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 Norway since 1755

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
07/30/2011Landslide in Norway (Lysefjoren, Western Norway)unknown1
03/19/1998Landslide in Norway (Western Norway)unknown1
04/28/1994Landslide in Norway (Western Norway)unknown1
02/21/1987Landslide in Norway (Western Norway)unknown1
08/18/1983Landslide in Norway (Western Norway)unknown7
05/07/1959Landslide in Norway (Northern Norway)unknown1
10/06/1949Landslide in Norway (Northern Norway)unknown1
09/13/1936Landslide in Norway (Loen)unknown35
04/07/1934Landslide in Norway (Tafjord)unknown9
08/31/1819Earthquake in Norway (Norway: Rana Region: Luroy) with a magnitude of 5.8.unknown1
11/01/1755Earthquake in Portugal (Lisbon) with a magnitude of 8.5. The tsunami caused damages in 21 further countries. A total of 50,000 humans died.unknown7


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.