Devastating Tsunamis of the more Recent Years

  • Aleutian Tsunami of 1946

    Aleutian Tsunami of 1946
    On April 1, 1946, a magnitude 7.1 submarine earthquake struck causing waves up to 60 feet tall. Around 160 people died.
  • Hawaiian Tsunami of 1960

    Hawaiian Tsunami of 1960
    In 1960, an earthquake hit Chile. The quake had an incredibly high magnitude of 9.5 which then caused a tsunami to hit Hawaii. Around 60 people were killed.
  • Alaskan Tsunami of 1964

    Alaskan Tsunami of 1964
    On March 27, 1964, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake occured which causes a tsunami. The tsunami ran 220 feet inland and killed 139 people.
  • Nicaragua Tsunami of 1992

    Nicaragua Tsunami of 1992
    While the earthquake might have had a smaller magnitude of 7.2, the tsunami that followed was called "disproportionately large". Wave heights reached up to 9.9 meters. At least 116 people were killed.
  • Sea of Japan Tsunami of 1993

    Sea of Japan Tsunami of 1993
    In 1993, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit which then caused a tsunami. The tsunami caused deaths in Hokkaido, Japan and in Southeastern Russia. 230 fatalities were recorded.
  • Papua, New Guinea Tsunami of 1998

    Papua, New Guinea Tsunami of 1998
    In Papua, New Guinea, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake caused a submarine landslide. That landslide then triggered a tsunami.The tsunami reached heights of 49 before traveling inland and killing between 2200-2700 people.
  • Izmit Tsunami of 1999

    Izmit Tsunami of 1999
    In 1999, a catastrophic earthquake hit Izmit, or Northwestern Turkey. It had a moment magnitude of 7.6. The quake killed 17,000 people. The tsunami killed 155 people. Another half a million were left homeless.
  • Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004

    Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004
    In the Indian Ocean on the day after Christmas in 2004, a 9.3 magnitude earthquake hit that triggered a series of waves that reached heights of 30 meters (100 feet). Of the countries hit, Indonesia was hit the hardest followed by Sri Lanka, India, and then Thailand. Around 225,000 people died.
  • Pangandaran Tsunami of 2006

    Pangandaran Tsunami of 2006
    On July 17, 2006, an Indonesian island named Pangandaran was hit with an earthquake with a 7.7 magnitude. The quake itself lasted 3 minutes and caused little damage but caused a tsunami which consumed 190 miles of coast and killed 600 people.
  • Solomon Islands Tsunami of 2007

    Solomon Islands Tsunami of 2007
    An 8.1 magnitude earthquake in the Solomon Islands hit near the Islands' capitol Gizo. A 12 meter tsunami followed which killed at least 52 people and left another 60+ people missing. Multiple villages were destroyed.
  • Chile Tsunami of 2009

    Chile Tsunami of 2009
    In 2009, Chile was hit with an earthquake\tsunami duo that left 9% of there population without housing. The earthquake had an 8.8 magnitude. The tsunami demolished several coastal towns. 93% of the population was left days in the dark. 525 died and 25 went missing.
  • Samoa Tsunami of 2009

    Samoa Tsunami of 2009
    After an 8.1 magnitude submarine earthquake occured, a 46 meter tsunami then followed. There were a recorded 40 plus aftershocks that occured with a 5.0 or more magnitude. 189 people were killed, which were mostly children. This was the largest earthquake of 2009.
  • Chile Tsunami of 2010

    Chile Tsunami of 2010
    A Magnitude 8.8 earthquake generated a tsunami that killed 700 people. It traveled thru 22 miles of land.
  • Mentawai Tsunami of 2010

    Mentawai Tsunami of 2010
    After a 7.7 magnitude earthquake, a relatively small tsunami (9 feet) followed but left hundreds effected. It displaced more around 20,000 people and killed 435 people with another hundred missing.
  • Japanese Tsunami of 2011

    Japanese Tsunami of 2011
    On March 11, 2011, an unexpected 9.0 earthquake hit Japan which caused a massive tsunami to hit. More than 230,000 people died. To this day, four years later, hundreds of thousands of people are still left in temporary housing after the tsunami. Retributions went up to 300 billion US dollars.
  • Illapel Tsunami of 2015

    Illapel Tsunami of 2015
    Chile was hit again in 2015 with a 8.3 magnitude earthquake that caused a follow up tsunami. A series of waves reached 4.5 meters high and destroyed at least 500 buildings. The government reported 15 deaths.