Earthquakes on the Solomon IslandsOn the Solomon Islands 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. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.
56 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes. 34 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.
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Most recent eventsThis list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around the Solomon Islands by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.
- Sept. 27, 11:00 pmMagnitude 4.4: 101 km north of Sola, Vanuatu at a depth of ten km.
- Sept. 25, 10:36 pmMagnitude 4.5: 155 km south-southeast of Lata at a depth of 128.26 km.
- Sept. 24, 11:54 pmMagnitude 4.5: 52 km southeast of Kirakira at a depth of 68.04 km.
Earthquakes on the Solomon Islands since 1950The strongest earthquake on the Solomon Islands happened on 04/21/1977 in the region Solomon Islands with a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 9 km resulted in 18 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
|12/09/2016||Solomon Islands||24 km||6.9||0|
|12/08/2016||Solomon Islands||28 km||7.8||1|
|11/18/2015||Solomon Islands||57 km||6.8||0|
|07/18/2015||Solomon Islands||22 km||7.0||0|
|07/10/2015||Solomon Islands||54 km||6.7||0|
|04/13/2014||Solomon Islands||23 km||7.4||0|
|04/12/2014||Solomon Islands||3 km||7.6||0|
|02/08/2013||Santa Cruz Islands||38 km||7.0||0|
|02/06/2013||Santa Cruz Islands||25 km||7.9||0|
|01/05/2010||Solomon Islands||32 km||6.8||0|
|01/03/2010||Solomon Islands||5 km||6.6||0|
|01/03/2010||Solomon Islands||27 km||7.1||0|
|10/07/2009||Santa Cruz Islands||51 km||7.8||0|
|09/02/2007||Santa Cruz Islands||18 km||7.2||0|
|04/01/2007||Solomon Islands||56 km||8.1||2|
|01/20/2003||Honiara, San Cristobal||6 km||7.3||0|
|04/21/1997||Santa Cruz Islands; Vanuatu||26 km||7.7||0|
|04/29/1996||Bougainville Island||41 km||7.2||1|
|05/27/1992||Santa Cruz Islands||38 km||7.0||0|
|10/14/1991||Solomon Islands||12 km||7.2||0|
|02/09/1991||Solomon Islands||58 km||6.9||0|
|08/10/1988||San Cristobal, Guadalcanal||29 km||7.6||0|
|06/18/1987||Solomon Islands||16 km||6.3||0|
|09/27/1985||Honiara, Guadacanal||8 km||6.9||0|
|08/05/1982||Santa Cruz Islands||52 km||7.5||0|
|07/17/1980||Santa Cruz Islands; Vanuatu||23 km||7.9||0|
|07/08/1980||Santa Cruz Islands (Banks)||19 km||7.5||0|
|04/21/1977||Solomon Islands||9 km||8.1||18|
|04/20/1977||Solomon Islands||10 km||6.8||34|
|04/20/1977||Solomon Islands||13 km||7.5||0|
|04/20/1977||Solomon Islands||50 km||7.6||0|
|02/01/1974||Solomon Islands||33 km||7.1||0|
|01/31/1974||Solomon Islands||5 km||7.0||0|
|08/11/1970||Solomon Islands||23 km||7.5||0|
|01/05/1969||Santa Isabel Island||7.5||0|
|12/31/1966||Santa Cruz Islands||11 km||7.8||0|
|12/31/1966||Santa Cruz Islands||16 km||7.2||0|
|09/17/1963||Solomon Islands||11 km||7.5||0|
|09/15/1963||Solomon Islands||54 km||7.5||0|
|08/01/1961||Solomon Islands||54 km||6.4||0|
|08/17/1959||Solomon Islands||40 km||7.3||0|
|12/17/1957||Santa Cruz Islands||7.8||0|
|09/08/1955||Fauro Island||14 km||6.5||0|
|11/04/1953||Solomon Islands||13 km||7.5||0|
|11/08/1950||Solomon Sea||12 km||7.3||0|
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.