Tsunamis in Palau

In a total of 9 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1900 a total of 17 people died in Palau. Compared to other countries, Tsunamis therefore occur rather rarely.

The strongest tidal wave registered in Palau so far reached a height of 30 meters. At this Tsunami on 03/11/2011 a total of 2 people have been killed.



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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 120 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 Palau since 1900

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
08/31/2012Earthquake in the Philippines (Philippine Islands) with a magnitude of 7.6. The tsunami also reached Philippines, , Japan, Micronesia, Federated States of.10m2
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.30m2
01/03/2009Earthquake in Indonesia (Near North Coast) with a magnitude of 7.6. The tsunami caused damages in 10 further countries.11m2
09/08/2002Earthquake in Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Sea) with a magnitude of 7.6. The tsunami also reached Papua New Guinea, Japan, Micronesia, Federated States of, .unknown2
07/17/1998Earthquake, landslide in Papua New Guinea (Papua New Guinea) with a magnitude of 7.0. The tsunami also reached Papua New Guinea, Japan, New Zealand, Micronesia, Federated States of. A total of 1,636 humans died.unknown2
01/10/1970Earthquake in the Philippines (Philippine Trench) with a magnitude of 7.6.unknown2
03/19/1952Earthquake in the Philippines (E. Of Mindano, Philippines) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami also reached Micronesia, Federated States of, American Samoa, Guam.3m2
03/04/1952Earthquake in Japan (Se. Hokkaido Island) with a magnitude of 8.1. The tsunami caused damages in 10 further countries. A total of 33 humans died.unknown2
10/07/1900Earthquake in Indonesia (Bismarck Sea) with a magnitude of 6.9.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.