Earthquakes in Portugal

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. There were 2 earthquakes that also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lives, and cause additional damage.
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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Portugal 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 11 am UTC.
Recent earthquakes in Portugal
  • Nov. 29, 6:42 am
    Magnitude 4.8: 284 km south-southwest of Lajes das Flores at a depth of ten km.
  • Nov. 28, 1:51 am
    Magnitude 5.9: 274 km south-southwest of Lajes das Flores at a depth of ten km.
  • Nov. 21, 2:22 am
    Magnitude 4.8: Azores Islands at a depth of ten km.

Earthquakes in Portugal since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Portugal happened on 02/28/1969 in the Rabat, Sale; Spain (Canary Is) region 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, leading to further victims and destruction.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
07/09/1998Faial, Pico, Terceira7 km6.210
06/26/1989Graciosa, Terceira39 km5.70
11/21/1988Sao Miguel Island52 km5.30
01/01/1980Terceira, Angra Do Heroismo40 km6.769
11/23/1973Pico, Faial, Terceira19 km5.11
02/28/1969Rabat, Sale; Spain (Canary Is)32 km7.813
02/28/1968Azores 7.60
02/18/1964Azores 4.60

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Data have been summarized and translated.
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