Tsunami in Kamchatka 1952, Russia

Tsunamis in Russia

In a total of 32 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1737 a total of 4,070 people died in Russia. Tsunamis therefore occur comparatively often in this country.

The strongest tidal wave registered in Russia so far reached a height of 30 meters. At this Tsunami on 01/02/1996 no losses of human lifes have been registered.

The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and economy had been a tsunami on 11/04/1952. A tidal wave of up to 23 meters killed 4,009 humans and destroyed vast areas.

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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 290 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 Russia since 1841

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
03/11/2011Earthquake in Japan (Honshu Island) with a magnitude of 9.1. The tsunami caused damages in 11 further countries. A total of 18,434 humans died.2.5 m0
02/27/2010Earthquake in Chile (Central Chile) with a magnitude of 8.8. The tsunami also reached French Polynesia, United States, Chile, New Zealand. A total of 156 humans died.1.1 m0
08/02/2007Earthquake in Russia (Tatar Strait) with a magnitude of 6.2.3.2 m0
11/15/2006Earthquake in Russia (S. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 8.3.21.90 m0
12/14/1997Landslide in Russia (Kamchatka)8 m0
12/05/1997Earthquake in Russia (Kamchatka) with a magnitude of 7.8.8 m0
01/02/1996Volcano in Russia (Karymskoye, Kamchatka, Russia)30 m0
10/04/1994Earthquake in Russia (S. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 8.3.10.40 m0
07/12/1993Earthquake in Japan (Sea Of Japan) with a magnitude of 7.7. The tsunami also reached Japan, South Korea, North Korea. A total of 208 humans died.6 m3
05/26/1983Earthquake in Japan (Noshiro, Japan) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami also reached Japan, South Korea. A total of 100 humans died.8 m0
06/10/1975Earthquake in Russia (S. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 7.0.5.5 m0
06/17/1973Earthquake in Japan (Hokkaido Island) with a magnitude of 7.7.1.5 m0
02/28/1973Earthquake in Russia (N. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 7.2.1.5 m0
09/05/1971Earthquake in Russia (Tatar Strait) with a magnitude of 7.1.2 m0
11/22/1969Earthquake in Russia (Kamchatka) with a magnitude of 7.7. The tsunami also reached United States, .15 m0
08/11/1969Earthquake in Russia (S. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 8.2.5 m0
10/20/1963Earthquake in Russia (S. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 7.9.15 m0
10/13/1963Earthquake in Russia (S. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 8.5.4.5 m0
05/22/1960Earthquake in Chile (Southern Chile) with a magnitude of 9.5. The tsunami caused damages in 12 further countries. A total of 2,226 humans died.7 m0
11/06/1958Earthquake in Russia (S. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 8.3.5 m0
03/17/1953Earthquake in Russia (N. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 5.8.3 m0
11/04/1952Earthquake in Russia (Kamchatka) with a magnitude of 9.0. The tsunami caused damages in 10 further countries. A total of 10,000 humans died.23 m4,009
08/01/1940Earthquake in Japan (W. Hokkaido Island) with a magnitude of 7.5. The tsunami also reached Japan, North Korea. A total of 10 humans died.3.5 m0
01/08/1933Volcano in Russia (Kharimkotan, N. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 6.0.9 m0
04/13/1923Earthquake in Russia (Kamchatka) with a magnitude of 7.2. The tsunami also reached South Korea, United States.20 m18
02/03/1923Earthquake in Russia (Kamchatka) with a magnitude of 8.3.8 m2
09/07/1918Earthquake in Russia (S. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 8.2. The tsunami also reached United States, Japan.12 m23
03/22/1894Earthquake in Japan (Se. Hokkaido Island) with a magnitude of 7.9.3 m0
06/04/1893Earthquake in Russia (S. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 7.0.2.5 m0
05/17/1841Earthquake in Russia (Kamchatka) with a magnitude of 8.4.15 m0


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. Foto taken from National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, public domain).