Largest earthquakes in or near Australia on record since 1900

Updated Dec 1, 2021 23:49 GMT -
Since 1900, Australia has had 5 quakes of magnitude 8.0 or above and 95 quakes between 7.0 and 8.0.
Biggest quake: 8.3 quake Indian Ocean, 266 km southwest of Waingapu, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, August, 19 1977 06:08 GMT
Most recent quake: 7.7 quake South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia, Feb 11, 2021 12:20 am (GMT +11)
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Showing quakes since 1900, magnitude 7.1 or higher (100 quakes):
Date and timeMag
Depth
Nearest volcano (distance)LocationDetailsMap
Aug 19, 1977 06:08 GMT
8.3

25 km
Indian Ocean, 266 km southwest of Waingapu, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia MoreMap
Dec 23, 2004 14:59 GMT
8.1

10 km
Tasman Sea, New Zealand MoreMap
Sep 20, 1920 14:39 GMT
8.1

25 km
Coral Sea, 100 km southwest of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Wed, 6 Feb 2013 12:12 (Feb 6, 2013 01:12 GMT)
8.0

29 km
88 km (55 mi)Coral Sea, Solomon Islands MoreMap
May 23, 1989 10:54 GMT
8.0

10 km
South Pacific Ocean, Australia MoreMap
Jul 17, 1980 19:42 GMT
7.9

33 km
Coral Sea, Vanuatu MoreMap
Dec 2, 1950 19:51 GMT
7.9

30 km
Coral Sea, 99 km southwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Oct 3, 1931 19:13 GMT
7.9

15 km
Solomon Sea, 115 km southwest of Kirakira, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Aug 9, 1901 13:01 GMT
7.9
South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia MoreMap
Oct 7, 2009 22:18 GMT
7.8

35 km
Coral Sea, 197 km northwest of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu 1 reportMoreMap
Jul 15, 2009 09:22 GMT
7.8

12 km
Tasman Sea, 2.9 km northwest of Indian Island, New Zealand MoreMap
Jun 2, 1994 18:17 GMT
7.8

18 km
Indian Ocean, 264 km south of Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia MoreMap
Dec 31, 1966 18:23 GMT
7.8

55 km
Coral Sea, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Dec 17, 1957 13:50 GMT
7.8

124 km
Coral Sea, 187 km northwest of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu MoreMap
Apr 30, 1939 02:55 GMT
7.8

15 km
Solomon Sea, 22 km southeast of Malango, Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Jun 16, 1910 06:30 GMT
7.8

100 km
Tanna, 17 km east of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Feb 11, 2021 12:20 am (GMT +11) (Feb 10, 2021 13:20 GMT)
7.7

29 km
67 km (42 mi)South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia 22 reportsMoreMap
Dec 8, 2016 17:38 GMT
7.7

38 km
236 km (147 mi)Solomon Sea, 70 km west of Kirakira, Solomon Islands 7 reportsMoreMap
Oct 7, 2009 22:03 GMT
7.7

45 km
Coral Sea, 149 km northwest of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu MoreMap
Apr 21, 1997 12:02 GMT
7.7

33 km
Coral Sea, Vanuatu MoreMap
May 16, 1995 20:12 GMT
7.7

20 km
South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia MoreMap
May 20, 1965 00:40 GMT
7.7

120 km
Coral Sea, 32 km northeast of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Jul 18, 1934 19:40 GMT
7.7

10 km
Coral Sea, 32 km south of Vanikoro Island, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Oct 10, 1931 00:19 GMT
7.7

15 km
Solomon Sea, 121 km southeast of Auki, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Sunday, April 13, 2014 07:14:39 (Apr 12, 2014 20:14 GMT)
7.6

29 km
361 km (224 mi)Coral Sea, Solomon Islands 2 reportsMoreMap
Aug 10, 1988 04:38 GMT
7.6

34 km
Solomon Sea, 142 km southeast of Malango, Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Feb 7, 1984 21:33 GMT
7.6

18 km
Solomon Sea, 61 km southeast of Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands MoreMap
May 25, 1981 05:25 GMT
7.6

33 km
Tasman Sea, New Zealand MoreMap
Aug 11, 1965 22:31 GMT
7.6

30 km
Coral Sea, 39 km south of Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Sep 12, 1964 22:07 GMT
7.6

20 km
Tasman Sea, 417 km southwest of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand MoreMap
Jul 9, 1964 16:39 GMT
7.6

130 km
Coral Sea, 54 km east of Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Dec 15, 1935 07:07 GMT
7.6

35 km
54 km west of Kirakira, Nakumwe, Makira-Ulawa Province, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Mar 16, 1928 05:01 GMT
7.6

10 km
South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia MoreMap
Jan 25, 1926 00:36 GMT
7.6

15 km
Solomon Sea, 62 km southwest of Malango, Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Jul 29, 1900 06:59 GMT
7.6
South Pacific Ocean, 119 km northwest of Lata, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Wed, 6 Feb 2013 12:23 (Feb 6, 2013 01:23 GMT)
7.5

10 km
128 km (80 mi)Coral Sea, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Nov 26, 1999 13:21 GMT
7.5

33 km
Coral Sea, 4.9 km northwest of Paama Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Jan 4, 1998 06:11 GMT
7.5

101 km
South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia MoreMap
Jul 8, 1980 23:19 GMT
7.5

33 km
Coral Sea, Vanuatu MoreMap
Apr 21, 1977 04:24 GMT
7.5

33 km
Solomon Sea, 78 km southeast of Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Apr 20, 1977 23:49 GMT
7.5

33 km
Tavanipupu Island, 120 km south of Auki, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Apr 20, 1977 23:42 GMT
7.5

19 km
Solomon Sea, 42 km southeast of Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Dec 28, 1973 13:41 GMT
7.5

26 km
Coral Sea, 132 km northwest of Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Sep 1, 1945 22:44 GMT
7.5

20 km
Tasman Sea, 188 km west of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand MoreMap
Dec 5, 2018 04:18 GMT
7.4

10 km
135 km (84 mi)South Pacific Ocean, 164 km east of Tadine, New Caledonia 46 reportsMoreMap
Sunday, April 13, 2014 23:36:18 (Apr 13, 2014 12:36 GMT)
7.4

35 km
353 km (219 mi)Coral Sea, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Apr 12, 2014 20:24 GMT
7.4

59 km
329 km (204 mi)Coral Sea, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Oct 7, 2009 23:13 GMT
7.4

31 km
Coral Sea, 144 km northwest of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu MoreMap
Sep 30, 2007 05:23 GMT
7.4

10 km
Tasman Sea, New Zealand MoreMap
Oct 11, 1992 19:24 GMT
7.4

129 km
Coral Sea, 49 km northwest of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Oct 12, 1979 10:25 GMT
7.4

33 km
Tasman Sea, 93 km southwest of Chalky Island, New Zealand MoreMap
Feb 14, 1972 23:29 GMT
7.4

102 km
Coral Sea, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Aug 13, 1965 12:40 GMT
7.4

25 km
Coral Sea, 45 km southwest of Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Sep 15, 1963 00:46 GMT
7.4

35 km
Coral Sea, 28 km northwest of Lata, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Sep 6, 1943 03:41 GMT
7.4

10 km
South Pacific Ocean, 2210 km south of Camberra, Australian Capital Territory MoreMap
May 17, 1941 02:24 GMT
7.4

35 km
Coral Sea, 54 km east of Lata, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Oct 3, 1926 19:38 GMT
7.4

10 km
Tasman Sea MoreMap
Apr 12, 2014 20:14 GMT
7.3

29 km
317 km (197 mi)South Pacific Ocean, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Dec 25, 2010 13:16 GMT
7.3

16 km
Coral Sea, 326 km northeast of Noumea, Nouméa, South Province, New Caledonia MoreMap
Aug 10, 2010 05:23 GMT
7.3

25 km
Coral Sea, 34 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Apr 9, 2008 12:46 GMT
7.3

33 km
Coral Sea, 72 km southwest of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Dec 27, 2003 16:00 GMT
7.3

10 km
South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia MoreMap
Jan 20, 2003 08:43 GMT
7.3

33 km
Solomon Sea, 145 km southeast of Malango, Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Feb 6, 1999 21:47 GMT
7.3

90 km
Coral Sea, Vanuatu MoreMap
Aug 18, 1968 18:38 GMT
7.3

543 km
Solomon Sea, 59 km south of Malango, Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Jul 23, 1961 21:51 GMT
7.3

25 km
Coral Sea, 64 km south of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Oct 20, 1938 02:19 GMT
7.3

90 km
Savu Sea, 90 km southeast of Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia MoreMap
Jul 21, 1934 06:18 GMT
7.3

15 km
Coral Sea, 46 km south of Lata, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Apr 12, 1926 08:32 GMT
7.3

15 km
33 km west of Kirakira, Nakumwe, Makira-Ulawa Province, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Nov 9, 1910 06:02 GMT
7.3

20 km
Coral Sea, 58 km southwest of Norsup, Malampa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Aug 20, 2011 16:55 GMT
7.2

32 km
Coral Sea, 72 km south of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
May 27, 2010 17:14 GMT
7.2

31 km
Coral Sea, 483 km north of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Sep 2, 2007 01:05 GMT
7.2

35 km
Coral Sea, 99 km south of Lata, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Aug 1, 2007 17:08 GMT
7.2

120 km
Coral Sea, 56 km east of Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Aug 21, 2003 12:12 GMT
7.2

28 km
Southland District, 172 km northwest of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand MoreMap
Jan 2, 2002 17:22 GMT
7.2

21 km
Coral Sea, 51 km west of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Jul 13, 1994 02:35 GMT
7.2

33 km
Coral Sea, 39 km south of Malakula Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Oct 14, 1991 15:58 GMT
7.2

23 km
Solomon Sea, 34 km west of Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Jul 27, 1990 12:37 GMT
7.2

126 km
Coral Sea, 37 km northeast of Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Oct 25, 1980 11:00 GMT
7.2

33 km
South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia MoreMap
Jan 10, 1974 08:51 GMT
7.2

34 km
Coral Sea, 71 km north of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Dec 29, 1973 00:19 GMT
7.2

47 km
Coral Sea, 24 km north of Marina Island, Sanma Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
May 23, 1968 17:24 GMT
7.2

20 km
Buller District, West Coast, 30 km northwest of Murchison, New Zealand MoreMap
Aug 13, 1965 12:40 GMT
7.2

35 km
Coral Sea, 13 km northeast of Malakula Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Aug 11, 1965 03:40 GMT
7.2

25 km
Marina, 21 km west of Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Sep 17, 1963 19:20 GMT
7.2

45 km
Coral Sea, 56 km northwest of Lata, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Jul 2, 1953 06:57 GMT
7.2

236 km
Coral Sea, 62 km northeast of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Nov 24, 1944 04:49 GMT
7.2

165 km
Coral Sea, 47 km north of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Jan 25, 1937 06:34 GMT
7.2

15 km
South Pacific Ocean, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Aug 17, 1935 01:44 GMT
7.2

20 km
South Pacific Ocean, 384 km east of Tadine, New Caledonia MoreMap
Mar 22, 1925 08:41 GMT
7.2

35 km
Coral Sea, 111 km south of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
2018-08-29 14:51:56 +11:00 (Aug 29, 2018 03:51 GMT)
7.1

27 km
138 km (86 mi)South Pacific Ocean, 231 km east of Tadine, New Caledonia 7 reportsMoreMap
Oct 20, 2015 21:52 GMT
7.1

143 km
72 km (45 mi)Coral Sea, 33 km northeast of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu 8 reportsMoreMap
Feb 2, 2012 13:34 GMT
7.1

23 km
Coral Sea, 125 km west of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Aug 20, 2011 18:19 GMT
7.1

28 km
Coral Sea, 65 km south of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Jan 3, 2010 22:36 GMT
7.1

10 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon Islands MoreMap
Mar 25, 2007 00:40 GMT
7.1

34 km
Coral Sea, 67 km southwest of Aneityum Island, Tafea Province, Vanuatu MoreMap
Nov 22, 2004 20:26 GMT
7.1

10 km
Tasman Sea, 154 km southwest of Chalky Island, New Zealand MoreMap
Jan 3, 2004 16:23 GMT
7.1

22 km
South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia MoreMap
Dec 12, 2001 14:02 GMT
7.1

10 km
Indian Ocean MoreMap
Estimated combined seismic energy released: 1.6 x 1018 joules (4.5 x 105 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3.9 x 108 tons of TNT or 24230 atomic bombs!) More info
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