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Largest earthquakes in or near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on record since 1900 - list, stats and map

Updated: Aug 19, 2022 13:20 GMT -
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Quakes since 1900:

  • 1 quake above magnitude 6
  • 6 quakes between magnitude 5 and 6
  • 9 quakes between magnitude 4 and 5
Since 1900, Addis Ababa has had 1 quake of magnitude 6.0, 6 quakes between 5.0 and 6.0, and 9 quakes between 4.0 and 5.0.

Latest quake: Mag. 5.0 | 36 km S of Ziway, Oromiya, Ethiopia -

Strongest quake: Mag. 6.0 | Ethiopia -

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Showing quakes since 1900, magnitude 4.4 or higher (16 quakes):
Date and timeMag
Depth
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Jan 27, 2017 16:29 GMT
5.0

10 km
19 km (12 mi)36 km south of Ziway, Oromiya, Ethiopia 6 reportsMore
Oct 29, 2015 00:35 GMT
4.4

10 km
9 km (5.6 mi)10.7 km northwest of Metehara, Oromiya, Ethiopia More
Oct 17, 2011 01:03 GMT
4.4

10 km
Ethiopia More
Sep 19, 2009 17:56 GMT
4.5

10 km
Ethiopia More
Jul 4, 2006 05:51 GMT
4.5

10 km
Ethiopia More
Feb 13, 1993 02:25 GMT
5.3

12 km
Ethiopia More
Jul 26, 1991 15:33 GMT
4.4

10 km
Ethiopia More
May 11, 1989 20:53 GMT
4.9

10 km
8.8 km northeast of Metehara, Oromiya, Ethiopia More
Oct 28, 1985 12:08 GMT
4.7

10 km
Ethiopia More
Aug 14, 1985 20:37 GMT
4.9

33 km
Ethiopia More
Feb 25, 1974 16:05 GMT
4.5

33 km
Ethiopia More
Jun 14, 1961 20:32 GMT
5.7

20 km
Ethiopia More
Jun 3, 1961 15:23 GMT
5.4

20 km
Ethiopia More
Jun 2, 1961 07:02 GMT
5.6

15 km
Ethiopia More
Jun 2, 1961 05:44 GMT
5.9

20 km
Ethiopia More
Jun 2, 1961 04:51 GMT
6.0

20 km
Ethiopia More
Estimated combined seismic energy released: 1.7 x 1014 joules (46.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 39893 tons of TNT or 2.5 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy

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Addis Ababa Earthquake FAQ

When was the latest earthquake in Addis Ababa?

The last earthquake in Addis Ababa occurred 6 years ago: Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - 36 km south of Ziway, Oromiya, Ethiopia, on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 16:29 GMT.

How many quakes were there in Addis Ababa since 1900?

Since 1900, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia had 16 quakes up to magnitude 6.0.

What was the strongest quake in Addis Ababa since 1900?

The strongest earthquake in Addis Ababa since 1900 occurred 61 years ago: Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Ethiopia on Friday, June 2, 1961 at 04:51 GMT.

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