Important historic earthquakes in Ethiopia

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Ethiopia Aug 13 13:54 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • massawa - Weak shaking
  • GEOFON Ethiopia Jun 19 14:06 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ethiopia Mar 24 10:27 5.2 10 MAP
    GEOFON Ethiopia Mar 24 10:27 5.1 10 MAP
    EMSC Ethiopia Mar 24 10:27 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Samara - Very weak shaking
  • Mekelle - 2 seconds
  • Mekelle - Very weak shaking
  • Maichew - The shaking was very weak. Then I felt that somebody was pushing the wall I was leaning on from behind. It lasted a minute or two. Nothing was affected. Thanks! - - ER: Thanks for telling us
  • Mekelle - Happened Mar 24, 2015 at noon. Shaking was for about a second. No damage - ER: Thanks for telling us
  • Asmara - It was around 1:25 PM Asmara time. The sofa I was sleeping in abruptly started to \'vibrate\' for not more than a couple of seconds. - ER: Thank you for telling us
  • Mekelle - It was a very short time to notice (probably about 2 seconds) on 24th March 2018 at 1:27pm local time. I was having lunch with my family and nothing was damaged at that moment.
  • Mekelle - Very weak shaking
  • Mekelle - I was taking a nap when the quake happened. I felt as if someone (a kid) was shaking the bed I was sleeping in. It lasted for about 2 seconds. Fortunately, no property was damaged.
  • Mekelle - It was March 24, 2018 at 1:28PM. I was sat in my sofa transcribing into my laptop. I felt the shake and tried to observe the situation. It was something vibrating the sofa. My laptop shakes upon my legs. When I see to outside, I saw the TV and its stand also vibrated. My wife came from the other class and told me what happened. I told her it is earthquake and told me also she felt it.
  • Mekelle - It was very short but really shaking,
  • Mekelle - less than 5seconds
  • Mekelle - The window started to shake at 7:30 I went out of my house to see if it is an Electrical shock,It lasts for a couple of seconds.It was clear that it is an Earthquake. Mekelle
  • Mekelle - There was shacking starting at mid night.
  • mekele - it lasted for 2 seconds with 4.9 magnitude
  • GEOFON Ethiopia Aug 25 05:20 4.4 10 MAP
    EMSC Eritrea - Ethiopia Region Aug 25 05:20 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Haramous Villa - Very weak shaking
  • GEOFON Ethiopia Apr 14 10:44 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Ethiopia Jan 27 16:29 5.3 10 MAP
  • Addis Ababa - No Damage at all
  • Addis Ababa - mild shaking was felt (3rd floor)
  • Addis Ababa - On second floor of a home.
  • GEOFON Ethiopia Jan 27 16:29 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ziway, Ethiopia Jan 27 16:29 5.2 10 MAP
    EMSC Ethiopia Jan 24 18:34 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Hawasa - few peoples/Students of Hawasa University were hurted while they are in library and Dorm. and no big damage of resource... but create big tension and frustration among all Hawasa City Peoples....
  • hawassa - I was sleeping @ z time z hit and immediately I heard some sounds from outside and shaking at z same time;I just stood and run,though I don't know where to;when I reach z last floor I failed and suffering now from minor lacerations and bruises;out of all I see How Big God is!
  • Hawassa, sidamo - My God! It was like earth was dancing shaking!
  • hawassa - we afraid of what happened, its like 4th times in 24 hours
  • hawassa - some cracked buildings
  • Hawassa - My hotel room walls cracked with a big bang. Like lightning hit the room. Cracks from floor to ceiling between columns and filling walls. Everyone ran out of hotel, electricity got lost.
  • Awassa - I was on the 3rd floor of the hotel around 9:40pm in the bathroom when the whole building started shaking vigorously - it felt and sounded like the turbulence you feel on the plane but quite a bit worse and alot louder, for about 5 or 7 seconds. Electricity went out and every body ran out into the street. There were about 6 or 7 aftershocks, with the worst one felt in the morning around 9:30am
  • Addis Ababa - It was midnight..we were all sleeping and all of the sudden the house shook for seconds....it was scary and unexpected. the whole town felt it and it was an issue everyone talked about the next morning.
  • Addis Ababa Jomo 3 - On Sunday Dec.04/2016 at 5.00am.something woke me up.It was a bulding shake when I oppen my eys the only thing I saw was shaking of bags' key which are placed on the floor and on the top of cupboard .
  • GEOFON Ethiopia Jan 24 18:34 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Ethiopia Oct 29 00:35 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Ethiopia Oct 29 00:35 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Ethiopia Jun 09 02:22 4.7 10 MAP
    GEOFON Ethiopia May 30 06:48 4.6 134 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Djibouti - 2 secousses, une première vers 11h-12h (3-4 secondes),une deuxième vers 14h-15h (plus courte que la première et moins forte 1-2 secondes)
  • USGS Asaita, Ethiopia Dec 13 22:37 4.6 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Ethiopia Dec 13 22:37 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Ethiopia May 20 02:05 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Ethiopia May 19 15:02 4.2 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Ethiopia Mar 30 03:53 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Ethiopia Dec 23 19:01 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Ethiopia Sep 18 09:04 5.0 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Ethiopia Feb 12 20:52 4.1 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Ethiopia Sep 08 21:11 4.4 10 MAP
    EMSC Ethiopia Aug 14 05:52 4.3 15 MAP
    GEOFON Ethiopia Jul 01 16:19 4.6 10 MAP
    USGS Eritrea - Ethiopia Region Jul 01 16:19 4.8 10 MAP
    EMSC Eritrea - Ethiopia Region Mar 20 19:34 3.7 2 MAP
  • Addis Abeba - Apres un an de suivi dans la corne d'Afrique , j'ai pu deduire que dans 80% des cas , apres un seisme en Iran a proximite de la plaque tectonique , une repercution avait lieu dans les 4 jours sur la corne d'Afrique. j'espere que cette info vous sera utilite
  • EMSC Eritrea - Ethiopia Region Mar 12 01:30 3.7 1 MAP
    EMSC Eritrea - Ethiopia Region Mar 03 04:47 3.1 1 MAP
    EMSC Ethiopia Feb 25 08:17 4.2 15 MAP
    ER Alayta, Ethiopia (startup Record) Jan 01 00:00 0.1 0 MAP I Felt It
    ER Erta Ale, Ethiopia (startup Record) Jan 01 00:00 0.1 0 MAP I Felt It
    ER Tullu Moje, Ethiopia (startup Record) Jan 01 00:00 0.1 0 MAP I Felt It
    ER Dama Ali, Ethiopia (startup Record) Jan 01 00:00 0.1 0 MAP I Felt It
    ER Fentale, Ethiopia (startup Record) Jan 01 00:00 0.1 0 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Eritrea, Ethiopia Jun 17 07:00 5.6 10 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Eritrea, Ethiopia Jun 12 07:00 5.7 10 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Ethiopia Mar 29 08:00 6.3 12 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Ethiopia Jun 01 07:00 6.3 24 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Ethiopia And Djibouti Oct 24 08:00 5.8 10 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Ethiopia And Djibouti Jan 22 08:00 5.9 10 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Ethiopia And Eritrea Aug 14 08:00 5.9 10 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Ethiopia Aug 25 08:00 6.8 10 MAP

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    Latitude (area) where you felt the earthquake
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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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