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Largest earthquakes in or near the North Sea on record since 1900 - list, stats and map

Updated: Nov 22, 2022 13:51 GMT -
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Quakes since 1900:

  • 10 quakes above magnitude 5
  • 65 quakes between magnitude 4 and 5
  • 443 quakes between magnitude 3 and 4
Since 1900, the North Sea has had 10 quakes of magnitude 5.0 or above, 65 quakes between 4.0 and 5.0, and 443 quakes between 3.0 and 4.0. See all quakes in the past 24 hours!

Latest quake: Mag. 3.2 | 20 km N of Groningen, Netherlands -

Strongest quake: Mag. 5.9 | Gemeente Maasgouw, 4.6 km SW of Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands -

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Showing quakes since 1900, magnitude 3 or higher (518 quakes):
Date and timeMag
Depth
Nearest volcano (distance)LocationDetailsMap
Oct 8, 2022 4:17 am (GMT +2) (Oct 8, 2022 02:17 GMT)
3.2

26 km
336 km (209 mi)20 km north of Groningen, Netherlands 8 reportsMore
Aug 26, 2022 1:47 am (GMT +0) (Aug 26, 2022 01:47 GMT)
3.4

2 km
991 km (616 mi)North Sea, 80 km southeast of Lerwick, United Kingdom More
May 30, 2022 3:36 pm (GMT +1) (May 30, 2022 14:36 GMT)
3.8

7 km
733 km (455 mi)20 km northwest of Telford, England, United Kingdom 1690 reportsMore
May 25, 2022 10:26 am (GMT +0) (May 25, 2022 10:26 GMT)
3.0

14 km
1007 km (626 mi)North Sea, United Kingdom 1 reportMore
Mar 25, 2022 4:56 am (GMT +0) (Mar 25, 2022 04:56 GMT)
4.0

100 km
957 km (595 mi)North Sea, 256 km northeast of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom More
Mar 21, 2022 5:35 am (GMT +0) (Mar 21, 2022 05:35 GMT)
3.0

33 km
818 km (508 mi)Celtic Sea, 33 km northwest of Bideford, Devon, England, United Kingdom 4 reportsMore
Jan 31, 2022 2:37 pm (GMT +0) (Jan 31, 2022 14:37 GMT)
3.6

14 km
813 km (505 mi)North Sea, United Kingdom More
Nov 16, 2021 1:46 am (GMT +1) (Nov 16, 2021 00:46 GMT)
3.2

3 km
317 km (197 mi)Near Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands 9 reportsMore
Aug 20, 2021 8:36 pm (GMT +0) (Aug 20, 2021 20:36 GMT)
3.0

100 km
517 km (321 mi)North Sea, 264 km north of Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands More
Feb 14, 2021 9:04 am (GMT +0) (Feb 14, 2021 09:04 GMT)
3.1

9 km
814 km (506 mi)North Sea, 238 km east of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom More
Jan 2, 2021 7:36 am (GMT +1) (Jan 2, 2021 06:36 GMT)
3.2

10 km
80 km (50 mi)22 km east of Verviers, Liege, Wallonia, Belgium 481 reportsMore
Dec 20, 2020 9:13 pm (GMT +0) (Dec 20, 2020 21:13 GMT)
3.3

11 km
540 km (336 mi)North Sea, 99 km east of Cleethorpes, United Kingdom More
Oct 13, 2020 19:11 GMT
3.5

5 km
340 km (211 mi)68 km west of The Hague, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands More
13 Oct 1:19 am (GMT +2) (Oct 12, 2020 23:19 GMT)
3.2

10 km
32 km (20 mi)Cologne, 7.3 km east of Bad Münstereifel (Köln), North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany 5 reportsMore
22 Sep 2020 09:32 am (Sep 22, 2020 08:32 GMT)
3.1

10 km
573 km (356 mi)2.5 km north of Leighton Buzzard, England, United Kingdom 226 reportsMore
Sep 8, 2020 8:45 am (GMT +0) (Sep 8, 2020 08:45 GMT)
3.3

10 km
589 km (366 mi)Buckinghamshire, 3.6 km northwest of Leighton Buzzard, England, United Kingdom 3743 reportsMore
Jul 29, 2020 23:15 GMT
3.1

10 km
1116 km (693 mi)North Sea, 89 km northwest of Bergen, Vestland, Norway More
Jul 29, 2020 23:15 GMT
3.1
1038 km (645 mi)Norwegian Sea, 165 km northwest of Bergen, Vestland, Norway 1 reportMore
Apr 23, 2020 05:30 GMT
3.2
412 km (256 mi)North Sea, 24 km south of Lowestoft, Suffolk, Hastings District, United Kingdom 2 reportsMore
Mar 27, 2020 03:25 GMT
3.4

5 km
348 km (216 mi)North Sea, 66 km west of Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands More
Feb 22, 2020 18:43 GMT
4.4

7 km
575 km (357 mi)219 km northeast of Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom More
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Estimated combined seismic energy released: 1.2 x 1014 joules (32.1 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 27658 tons of TNT or 1.7 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy

Latest seismic signals

Seismic station: Eskdalemuir Array, site EKR10, Scotland (EKR10/IM network) | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Eskdalemuir Array, site EKR10, Scotland: seismogram of vertical movement last 60 minutes (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) last 60 minutes. Source: IRIS query builder webtool
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North Sea Earthquake FAQ

When was the latest earthquake in or near the North Sea?

The last earthquake in or near the North Sea occurred 9 weeks ago: Weak mag. 3.2 earthquake - 20 km north of Groningen, Netherlands, on Saturday, Oct 8, 2022 at 4:17 am (GMT +2).

How many quakes were there in or near the North Sea since 1900?

Since 1900, North Sea had 518 quakes up to magnitude 5.9.

What was the strongest quake in or near the North Sea since 1900?

The strongest earthquake in or near the North Sea since 1900 occurred 31 years ago: Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - Gemeente Maasgouw, 4.6 km southwest of Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands, on Monday, Apr 13, 1992 at 3:20 am (GMT +2).

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