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Tsunamis in the United Kingdom

A total of 3 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1755 have killed 0 people in the United Kingdom. Tsunamis therefore occur only rarely here.

The strongest tidal wave registered in the United Kingdom so far reached a height of 3.1 meters. On 11/01/1755, no losses of human lifes have been registered by this tsunami.

The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and the economy had been a tsunami on 07/01/2015.

Other natural hazards in the United Kingdom:
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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 marked positions on the map represent the most affected regions within the past 270 years.

The largest tsunamis in the United Kingdom since 1755

DateCauseMax. tidal waveFatalitiesTotal damage
07/01/2015Meteorological event in the United Kingdom (North Sea)0 m0
03/31/1761Earthquakes in Portugal (Sw Portugal) with a magnitude of 8.5. The tsunami also reached Portugal, Barbados.1.8 m0
11/01/1755Earthquakes in Portugal (Lisbon) with a magnitude of 8.5. The tsunami caused damages in 12 further countries. A total of 50,000 humans died.3.1 m0


These evaluations are based on data from the Global Historical Tsunami Database of the National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, and World Data Service (NGDC/WDS), doi:10.7289/V5PN93H7. Individual data have been summarized or translated.
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