Tsunamis in Kiribati

In a total of 16 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1899 a total of 45 people died in Kiribati. Compared to other countries, Tsunamis therefore occur more often than average, but still moderate.

The strongest tidal wave registered in Kiribati so far reached a height of 58 meters. At this Tsunami on 02/06/2013 a total of 4 people have been killed.

The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and economy had been a tsunami on 05/22/1960. A tidal wave of up to 24 meters killed 4 humans and destroyed vast areas.

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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 60 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 Kiribati since 1899

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
09/16/2015Earthquake in Chile (Central Chile) with a magnitude of 8.3. The tsunami caused damages in 23 further countries. A total of 8 humans died.35m2
02/06/2013Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz Islands) with a magnitude of 7.9. The tsunami caused damages in 23 further countries. A total of 10 humans died.58m4
10/28/2012Earthquake in Canada (British Columbia) with a magnitude of 7.7. The tsunami caused damages in 15 further countries.57m2
03/11/2011Earthquake in Japan (Honshu Island) with a magnitude of 9.1. The tsunami caused damages in 33 further countries. A total of 18,453 humans died.47m6
09/29/2009Earthquake in Samoa (Samoa Islands) with a magnitude of 8.1. The tsunami caused damages in 22 further countries. A total of 192 humans died.12m2
01/03/2009Earthquake in Indonesia (Near North Coast) with a magnitude of 7.6. The tsunami caused damages in 10 further countries.11m2
11/15/2006Earthquake in Russia (S. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 8.3. The tsunami caused damages in 23 further countries.unknown4
11/17/2003Earthquake in the United States (Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Ak) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami also reached Chile, United States.30m2
06/23/2001Earthquake in Peru (S. Peru) with a magnitude of 8.4. The tsunami caused damages in 16 further countries. A total of 26 humans died.unknown2
12/31/1966Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz Islands) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami also reached Chile, American Samoa, Solomon Islands, United States, Fiji.unknown2
12/28/1966Earthquake in Chile (Northern Chile) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami caused damages in 5 further countries.unknown2
03/28/1964Earthquake, landslide in the United States (Prince William Sound, Ak) with a magnitude of 9.2. The tsunami caused damages in 27 further countries. A total of 124 humans died.21m4
05/22/1960Earthquake in Chile (Southern Chile) with a magnitude of 9.5. The tsunami caused damages in 31 further countries. A total of 2,226 humans died.24m4
03/09/1957Earthquake in the United States (Andreanof Islands, Ak) with a magnitude of 8.6. The tsunami caused damages in 18 further countries.54m4
11/04/1952Earthquake in Russia (Kamchatka) with a magnitude of 9.0. The tsunami caused damages in 21 further countries. A total of 10,000 humans died.unknown2
01/15/1899Earthquake in Papua New Guinea (East Coast, New Ireland) The tsunami caused damages in 5 further countries.unknown1


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.