Tsunami in Islands 2007, Solomon Islands

Tsunamis on the Solomon Islands

In a total of 16 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1899 a total of 123 people died on the Solomon Islands. Compared to other countries, Tsunamis therefore occur more often than average, but still moderate.

The strongest tidal wave registered on the Solomon Islands so far reached a height of 12.10 meters. At this Tsunami on 04/01/2007 a total of 50 people have been killed.

The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and economy had been a tsunami on 10/03/1931. A tidal wave of up to 9.0 meters killed 50 humans and destroyed vast areas.

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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 on the Solomon Islands since 1899

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
02/06/2013Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz Islands) with a magnitude of 7.9.11.00 m10
01/03/2010Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.1.7.5 m0
04/01/2007Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 8.1.12.10 m50
01/20/2003Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.3.2.0 m0
11/16/2000Earthquake in Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Sea) with a magnitude of 8.0.1.0 m0
08/10/1988Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.6.0.000 m1
02/01/1974Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.1.4.5 m0
01/31/1974Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.0.1.5 m0
07/26/1971Earthquake in Papua New Guinea (Solomon Sea) with a magnitude of 7.9.3.0 m0
12/31/1966Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz Islands) with a magnitude of 7.8.2.0 m0
08/18/1959Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.3.1.0 m0
04/30/1939Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.9.10.50 m12
10/03/1931Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (San Cristobal Island) with a magnitude of 7.8.9.0 m50
09/16/1929Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 6.9.2.0 m0
08/09/1901Earthquake in New Caledonia (Loyalty Islands) with a magnitude of 7.9. The tsunami also reached United States, Vanuatu.0.000 m0
01/15/1899Earthquake in Papua New Guinea (East Coast, New Ireland) The tsunami also reached Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea.0.000 m0


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. Foto taken from National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, public domain).