Earthquakes in the Antarctica

In the Antarctica there are very strong earthquakes with far-reaching consequences. Earthquakes with a magnitude of over 8.0 destroy numerous houses within a radius of several hundred kilometers and are causing great damage and devastation. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

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Earthquakes in the Antarctica since 1950

The strongest earthquake in the Antarctica happened on 03/25/1998 in the region Balleny Islands with a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
11/17/2013South Orkney Islands53 km7.70
08/04/2003South Orkney Islands (Laurie Is)20 km7.60
03/25/1998Balleny Islands25 km8.10
10/06/1973Antarctica37 km7.50


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.