In Portugal there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes do not occur very frequently.
93 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes. 2 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.
The strongest earthquake in Portugal happened on 02/28/1969 in the region Rabat, Sale; Spain (Canary Is) with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 32 km resulted in 13 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
Faial, Pico, Terceira
Sao Miguel Island
Terceira, Angra Do Heroismo
Pico, Faial, Terceira
Rabat, Sale; Spain (Canary Is)
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.