Tsunami in Islands 2007, Solomon Islands

Tsunamis on the Solomon Islands

In a total of 46 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1899 a total of 1,290 people died on the Solomon Islands. Tsunamis therefore occur comparatively often in this country.

The strongest tidal wave registered on the Solomon Islands so far reached a height of 59 meters. At this Tsunami on 03/29/2015 a total of 2 people have been killed.

The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and economy had been a tsunami on 12/08/2016.

Other natural hazards on the Solomon Islands:
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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 1931

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
01/22/2017Earthquake in Papua New Guinea (Bougainville Island) with a magnitude of 7.9.40m2
12/17/2016Earthquake in Papua New Guinea (Solomon Sea) with a magnitude of 7.9. The tsunami also reached New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea.unknown2
12/08/2016Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami also reached New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu.unknown5
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.15m4
07/18/2015Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz Islands) with a magnitude of 7.0.unknown5
07/10/2015Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 6.7.45m2
03/29/2015Earthquake in Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Sea) with a magnitude of 7.5.59m2
06/23/2014Earthquake in New Zealand (S Of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands) with a magnitude of 6.9.54m2
04/19/2014Earthquake in Papua New Guinea (Solomon Sea) with a magnitude of 7.5.unknown2
04/13/2014Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.4. The tsunami also reached New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu.32m6
04/12/2014Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.6. The tsunami also reached Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu.57m6
04/01/2014Earthquake in Chile (Northern Chile) with a magnitude of 8.2. The tsunami caused damages in 17 further countries.58m4
02/08/2013Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz Islands) with a magnitude of 7.0.32m2
02/06/2013Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz Islands) with a magnitude of 7.9. The tsunami caused damages in 23 further countries.44m41
10/28/2012Earthquake in Canada (British Columbia) with a magnitude of 7.7. The tsunami caused damages in 15 further countries.48m6
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.38m5
01/05/2010Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 6.8.unknown2
01/03/2010Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.1. The tsunami also reached Vanuatu, Australia.29m314
01/03/2010Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 6.6.33m2
10/07/2009Earthquake in Vanuatu (Vanuatu Islands) with a magnitude of 7.6. The tsunami caused damages in 14 further countries.41m2
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.unknown2
09/02/2007Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz Islands) with a magnitude of 7.2.58m2
04/01/2007Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 8.1. The tsunami caused damages in 10 further countries.25m826
03/25/2007Earthquake in Vanuatu (Vanuatu Islands) with a magnitude of 7.1.27m2
11/15/2006Earthquake in Russia (S. Kuril Islands) with a magnitude of 8.3. The tsunami caused damages in 23 further countries.unknown2
01/20/2003Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.3.43m3
02/09/1991Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 6.9.37m2
04/20/1977Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 6.8. The tsunami also reached Australia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea.15m2
04/30/1939Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands) with a magnitude of 7.9.unknown2
10/03/1931Earthquake on the Solomon Islands (San Cristobal Island) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami also reached Canada, New Caledonia, United States. A total of 50 humans died.unknown4


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).