Significant Earthquakes of the World

1980


  
				      SIGNIFICANT EARTHQUAKES OF THE WORLD, 1980
									   
Earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or greater or ones that caused fatalities,
injuries or substantial damage.

 DATE    ORIGIN TIME     GEOGRAPHIC      DEPTH  MAGNITUDES SD   NO.      REGION,  CONTRIBUTED  MAGNITUDES  AND  COMMENTS
            UTC         COORDINATES               GS            STA
         HR MN SEC     LAT       LONG            MB  Msz       USED

1980

Jan 1    16 42 40.0    38.82 N  27.78 W  10 G    6.0 6.7   1.1  249     AZORES ISLANDS.  Ms 7.2 (BRK), 6.8 (PAS),  
									At least 56 people killed, 400 or more injured and 
									extensive damage (VIII) on Terceira.  At least four 
									people killed, some injured and extensive damage on 
									Sao Jorge.  Damage also reported on Graciosa.

Jan 2    20 58 44.2     5.98 N 126.19 E   63     6.0       1.1  178     MINDANAO, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.  Ms 6.9 (BRK), 
									6.5 (PAS).  mb 6.9 (PAS).  Felt (V RF) in southern 
									Mindanao.

Jan 24   19 00 09.5    37.85 N 121.82 W   11	 5.3 5.9        173	CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.  . ML 5.5 (BRK).  Fifty 
									people were reported treated for minor injuries.  
	 Considerable damage (VII) in the Livermore area; some damage was also reported at Antioch, Concord, Danville, 
	 Dublin, Modesto, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, Stockton, Tracy and Walnut Creek.  Felt throughout the San Francisco-
	 San Jose area and in the San Joaquin Valley from Sacramento to Fresno.

Feb 7    10 49 16.0   54.16 S 158.89 E    10 G	 6.1 6.5   1.0   37	MACQUARIE ISLANDS REGION.  Ms 6.4 (BRK), 6.3 (PAS).
									Minor damage on Macquarie Island.

Feb 20   02 34 02.9   39.30 N  16.21 E    12	 4.6       1.0   59	SOUTHERN ITALY.  ML 4.8 (ATH), 4.2 (ROM).  One 
									person died from a heart attack.  Minor damage 
									in the Calabria region.

Feb 23   05 51 03.2   43.53 N 146.75 E    44 D	 6.3 7.0   0.9  316	KURIL ISLANDS.  Ms 6.9 (BRK), 7.0 (PAS), 
									Felt (VII) on Shikotan, (IV) at Kurilsk and (III) 
									at Yuzhno-Kurilsk.  Also felt (IV JMA) at Nemuro 
									and Kushiro, Hokkaido and (III JMA) in the 
									Obihiro-Urakawa area, Hokkaido.  Ten-centimeter 
									tsunami reported at Nemuro.

Feb 27   21 17 20.2    6.02 S 150.19 E    53	 5.8 6.6   1.1  180	NEW BRITAIN REGION.  Ms 6.8 (BRK), 6.7 (PAS).  
									Felt strongly in the Kimbe area. Also felt at 
									Rabaul.

Feb 27   21 35 21.3    6.19 S 150.23 E    66	 5.6       1.0  113	NEW BRITAIN REGION.  Ms 6.8 (BRK), 6.6 (PAS).

Mar 8    22 12 10.3   22.67 S 171.36 E    38	 6.1 6.7   0.9	 99	LOYALTY ISLANDS REGION.  Ms 7.1 (BRK), 6.7 (PAS).

Mar 24   03 59 51.3   52.97 N 167.67 W    33 N	 6.2 6.9   1.1  350	FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS.  Ms 7.1 (BRK),
									6.9 (PAS).  Slight damage (V) at Nikolski. Felt 
									(IV) at Unalaska.  Also felt at Dutch Harbor.  

Mar 26   20 43 37.9   23.87 N  45.56 W    10 G	 5.9 6.3   1.0  261	NORTH ATLANTIC RIDGE.  Ms 6.8 (BRK), 6.3 (PAS).

Mar 31   07 32 31.8   35.45 N 135.47 E    359	 5.8 	   0.9  259	SOUTHERN HONSHU.  mb 6.6 (PAS).  Felt (II JMA) at 
									Osaka and in the Tateyama-Onahama area. Felt 
									(I JMA) at Toyooka and Fukui.

Apr 13   18 04 31.9   23.47 S 177.30 W    79	 6.7 	   1.1  170	SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS.  mb 6.5 (BRK), 7.2 (PAS). 

Apr 16   12 18 20.6    8.08 S 108.79 E    84	 5.8       1.1  151	JAVA.  Extensive damage at Tasikmalaja.

May 14   11 26 00.6    6.01 S 154.51 E    57	 6.1       1.1  129	SOLOMON ISLANDS.  Ms 6.5 (BRK), 6.3 (PAS),
	                                                                mb 6.9 (PAS).

May 18   15 32 11.4   46.21 N 122.19 W     4	 4.7 5.2         57	WASHINGTON. .  ML 5.0 (GS).  Felt (V) at 
									Yakima and (IV) in many parts of Washington and 
	 Oregon.  This earthquake occurred only seconds before the explosion which began the eruption of Mount St. Helens 
	 volcano.  This eruption and blast took 396 meters off the top of Mount St. Helens, killed 31 people, left 33 
	 other missing and caused damage of between $500 million and $2 billion U.S. dollars.

May 18   20 02 57.5   43.29 N  20.84 E     9	 5.7 5.8   1.0  164	YUGOSLAVIA.  Thirty people injured and many 
									buildings destroyed (VIII) or damaged at 
									Aleksandrovac, Brus, Kursumlija and Raska.  
									Landslides were also reported in the area.  
									Felt in southern Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary 
									and Romania.

May 25   16 33 44.7&  37.60 N 118.84 W     5	 6.1 6.1        246	CALIFORNIA-NEVADA BORDER REGION. . 
									ML 6.1 (BRK), 6.5 (PAS).  Seven people injured, 
									damage (VII) and rockslides in the Mammoth Lakes-
									Crowley Lake area.  Rockslides also occurred in 
									Yosemite National Park.  Felt throughout most of 
									California and in parts of Nevada.

May 25   19 44 51.4  37.57 N 118.82 W     15	 5.5 5.8        198	CALIFORNIA-NEVADA BORDER REGION. .
									ML 6.1 (BRK), 6.7 (PAS).  One person injured,
									additional damage (VII) and rockslides in the 
									Mammoth Lakes-Crowley area.  Two people were
									seriously injured by a rockslide in Yosemite 
									National Park.  Felt throughout much of 
									California and parts of Nevada.

May 27   14 50 57.1  37.48 N 118.81 W    13	 5.7 6.0	 233	CALIFORNIA-NEVADA BORDER REGION.  .  
									ML 6.2 (BRK), 6.3 (PAS).  Seven people injured 
									and minor damage (VI) in the Mammoth Lakes-
									Crowley Lake area.  Felt throughout much of 
									California and part of Nevada.

June 9   03 28 18.9   32.22 N 114.99 W     5	 5.6 6.4    1.3  141	CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER REGION.  ML 6.1 (PAS).
									One person killed, 100 injured and considerable 
									damage in the area southeast of Mexicali, Mexico.  
									Felt (V) in Yuma County, Arizona and Imperial and 
									San Diego Counties, California.

June 18  10 49 10.0   15.27 S 173.57 W    43 D	 5.9 6.5    1.0  156	TONGA ISLANDS.  Ms 6.8 (BRK), 6.7 (PAS).
									Felt (V) at Apia, Samoa Islands.

June 18  17 14 54.5    9.48 N 126.66 E    54	 5.8 6.8    1.2  124	MINDANAO, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.  Ms 7.2 (BRK).
									mb 6.8 (PAS).  Felt (V RF) at Surigao.

June 25  23 18 20.4    5.23 S 151.69 E    49 D	 6.2 6.5    1.0  242	NEW BRITAIN REGION.  Ms 6.5 (BRK). 

June 29  07 20 05.5   34.81 N 139.18 E    15	 5.8 6.2    1.0  222	NEAR SOUTH COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN.
									Ms 5.7 (BRK), 6.3 (PAS).  Seven people injured 
									at Ito. Considerable damage (V JMA) and 
									landslides on the Izu Peninsula and on Oshima. 
								        Felt (IV JMA) in the Tateyama-Tokyo area.  Also 
								 	felt (II JMA) throughout southeastern Honshu and 
                                                                        on Hachijojima.  Nine-centimeter tsunami 
                                                                        reported at Mera.

July 8   23 19 19.8   12.41 S 166.38 E    33 N	 5.9 7.5    1.2  170	SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS.  Ms 7.8 (BRK), 7.2 (PAS).  
									Felt in the Banks and Santa Cruz Islands. Some 
									landslides reported.

July 9   02 11 52.8   39.27 N  23.04 E    14	 5.8 6.4    1.0  156	AEGEAN SEA.  One person killed, many injured and 
                                                                        extensive damage in Magnisia Province, Greece.
									Felt in southern Yugoslavia.

July 9   20 56 53.2   12.69 S 166.00 E    33 N	 5.2 6.7    1.2   41	SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS.  Ms 6.9 (BRK), 6.4 (PAS).
									Felt in the Santa Cruz Islands.

July 14  16 15 01.7   29.27 S 177.15 W    49	 5.8 6.6    1.3   84	KERMADEC ISLANDS.  Ms 6.5 (BRK), 6.4 (PAS).
                        						Felt on Raoul Island.

July 16  19 56 46.7    4.46 S 143.52 E    84	 6.5 	    1.0  151	NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA.  Ms 6.8 (BRK), 
									6.9 (PAS).  Felt in Papua New Guinea and 
									Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

July 17  19 42 23.2   12.53 S 165.92 E    33 N	 5.8 7.9    1.3   95	SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS.  Ms 8.0 (BRK), 7.5 (PAS).
									Felt in the Banks Islands group and Torres 
									Islands. Tsunami of 26.8 cm (peak-to-peak) at 
									Kona, Hawaii, 6.7 cm (peak-to-peak) at 
									Honolulu, Oahu and 8.0 cm (peak-to-peak) at 
									Apia, Western Samoa.

July 20  21 20 03.9   17.87 S 178.63 W   591 D	 6.0        0.9  180    FIJI ISLANDS REGION.  mb 6.5 (BRK), 6.3 (PAS).

July 22  05 17 10.1   37.19 N  50.20 E    62	 5.4        1.1  122	CASPIAN SEA.  One person killed, several injured 
									and damage in the Lahijan-Rasht area, Iran.

July 22  07 06 23.0   20.30 S 169.61 E   122 D	 6.1        0.9  147	VANUATU ISLANDS.  mb 6.8 (BRK), 6.7 (PAS).

July 27  18 52 21.8&  38.17 N  83.91 W     8	 5.1 4.7	 194	KENTUCKY. . mblg 5.0 (PAL), 5.2 (TUL).  
									Two people injured and considerable damage 
									reported. Maximum intensity VII at Maysville, 
									Kentucky. Felt in 15 states and in parts of 
									southern Ontario, Canada.

July 29  03 11 56.3   13.10 S 166.34 E    48	 5.9 6.7    1.3  178	VANUATU ISLANDS.  Ms 7.2 (BRK), 6.7 (PAS).

July 29  14 58 40.8   29.60 N  81.09 E    18 D	 6.1 6.5    1.0  257	NEPAL.  Ms 6.6 (BRK), 6.6 (PAS).  One hundred 
									fifty to 200 people killed, many injured and 
									extensive damage in western Nepal.  At least 13 
									killed, 40 injured and damage in the Pithoragarh 
                                                                        area, India.  Felt strongly at Kathmandu, Nepal 
									and in the New Delhi area, India.

Aug 9    05 45 09.5   15.89 N  88.52 W     22	 6.1 6.4    1.0  185	HONDURAS.  Ms 6.7 (BRK), 6.4 (PAS).  Two people 
									killed, many injured and damage in Izabal 
									Province, Guatemala.  Damage reported in 
									northern Honduras.

Aug 18   15 07 52.6    1.95 S  80.02 W     55 D	 5.6        0.9  156	NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR.  Ms 5.6 (BRK). 
									mb 6.1 (PAS).  Eight people killed, 100 injured 
									and extensive damage in the Guayaquil area.

Aug 21   12 07 20.1   41.32 S  80.51 E     10 G	 5.6 6.3    0.9   72	MID-INDIAN RISE.  Ms 6.8 (BRK), 6.2 (PAS).

Aug 23   21 36 51.6   32.91 N  75.63 E     25	 5.2 4.9    1.0  116	KASHMIR-INDIA BORDER REGION.  Fifteen people 
									killed, at least 40 injured and many houses 
									damaged in the Bhaddu area, Kashmir. Felt in 
									northern India and in the Lahore-Peshawar 
									area, Pakistan.

Aug 23   21 50 03.0   32.83 N  75.63 E     33 N	 5.2 4.8     1.0 116 	KASHMIR-INDIA BORDER REGION. Casualties and damage 
									in the Bhaddu area, Kashmir.  Felt in northern 
									India and in the Lahore-Peshawar area, Pakistan.

Sep  3   22 12 39.1    3.24 N  78.19 W     33 N  5.7 5.8     0.9  185   SOUTH OF PANANA.  Two people injured in 
									southwestern Colombia.

Sep 23   19 10 22.7   35.95 N 139.63 E     89	 5.4	     0.8  166	HONSHU, JAPAN.  One person killed and five 
									injured.  Felt (IV JMA) at Utsunomiya and 
									(III JMA) in the Maebashi-Choshi-Ajiro area.

Sep 24   17 54 24.1   35.45 N 139.96 E     73 D	 6.0         1.0  256	NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN.  mb 5.9 (BRK).
									Two people killed, at least 73 injured and damage 
									(IV JMA) in the Tokyo-Tateyama-Utsunomiya area.

Sep 26   15 20 37.1    3.23 S 142.23 E     33 N	 5.9 6.5    1.2  184	NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA..  
									Ms 6.6 (BRK).

Oct 10   12 25 23.5   36.20 N   1.35 E     10 G	 6.5 7.3    1.1  203	ALGERIA.  Ms 7.7 (BRK), 7.2 (PAS).  At least 
									5,000 people killed, 9,000 injured and 
									extensive damage in the El Asnam area. Felt 
									throughout northwestern Algeria and in 
									southeastern Spain.  Approximately 42 
									kilometers of surface rupture observed.

Oct 10   15 39 09.8   36.22 N   1.61 E     10 G	 6.0 6.1    1.0  187 	ALGERIA.  Ms 5.8 (PAS).  Additional deaths 
									and damage in Algeria.  Felt in southeastern 
									Spain.

Oct 24   03 25 34.4   21.99 S 170.17 E     33 N	 5.8 6.7    1.2  192	LOYALTY ISLANDS REGION.  Ms 6.6 (BRK), 6.8 (PAS).  
									Felt in the Vanuatu Islands and on New Caledonia.

Oct 24   14 53 35.1   18.21 N  98.24 W     72	 6.4        1.1  326	CENTRAL MEXICO.  Ms 7.0 (BRK).  mb 6.6 (BRK), 
									7.0 (PAS).  At least 300 people killed, many 
									injured, approximately 150,000 homeless and 
									extensive damage in central Mexico, mainly in 
									the Huajuapan de Leon area.  Felt throughout 
									central and southern Mexico and in Guatemala.

Oct 25   07 00 07.9   21.98 S 170.03 E     33 N	 5.7 6.7    1.3  118	LOYALTY ISLANDS REGION.  Ms 6.4 (BRK), 6.6 (PAS).
									Felt in the Vanuatu Islands and on New Caledonia.

Oct 25   11 00 05.1   21.89 S 169.85 E     33 N	 5.8 7.2    1.4  124	LOYALTY ISLANDS REGION.  Ms 7.1 (BRK), 7.0 (PAS).
									Felt in the Vanuatu Islands and on New Caledonia.

Nov  8	 07 54 18.2   36.11 N   1.36 E     10 G  5.3 5.1    1.0  143    ALGERIA.  Thirty-six people injured and damage in
									the El Asnam area.

Nov 8    10 27 34.0   41.12 N 124.25 W     19 D	 6.2 7.2    1.1  314    NEAR COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.  ML 7.0 (BRK).
									Six people injured. Damage (VII) in the Fields 
									Landing area. Slight damage (VI) at Cresent City 
									and in many communities along the coast of 
									Humboldt County. Felt from southern Oregon to 
									the San Francisco Bay area.

Nov 11   10 36 58.2   51.42 S  28.80 E     10 G	 6.2 6.7   0.9   110	SOUTH OF AFRICA.  Ms 6.8 (BRK), 6.5 (PAS).

Nov 12   06 58 11.6   13.35 S  74.55 W     71	  4.9 	    0.8   19	PERU.  Seven people killed and many homeless in   
                                                                        the Ayacucho area.

Nov 19   19 00 46.9   27.39 N  88.75 E     17	  6.0 6.1   1.0  232	SIKKIM.  Ms 6.1 (PAS).  Eight people injured and 
									minor damage in the Gangtok area. Felt in 
									Bangladesh, Bhutan, eastern India and Nepal.

Nov 23   18 34 53.8   40.91 N  15.37 E     10 G	  6.0 6.9    1.3  265 	SOUTHERN ITALY.  Ms 7.2 (BRK), 6.9 (PAS), 
									ML 6.5 (TRI).  Over 3,000 people killed, about 
									1,900 missing, 7,750 injured, 250,000 homeless 
									and extensive damage in a 25,000 square kilometer
									area of Campania and Basilicata.  

Nov 26   17 35 39.1    8.05 N  72.44 W     40 	  5.0 3.8    0.9   57	VENEZUELA.  Thirty-six people injured and 30 
                                                                        buildings damaged in Cucuta area, Colombia.  Felt 
									in the Bucaramanga-Medellin-Bogota area, Colombia 
									and in the San Cristobal area, Venezuela.

Nov 30	  7 41 58.0   40.85 N  15.33 E     10 G   5.1        1.5   40   SOUTHERN ITALY.  ML 4.9 (TRI).  One person died of 
									a heart attack at Madonna del Arco near Naples.

Dec 7    17 37 09.7   36.03 N   1.23 E     10 G	  5.5 5.7    1.2  122	ALGERIA.  Twenty people injured in the 	El Asnam 
									area.

Dec 11   18 15  3.5   21.27 S  68.15 W     80     6.1        0.8  195   CHILE-BOLIVIA BORDER REGION.  mb 6.2 (BRK),
									6.5 (PAS).  Felt in northern Argentina.

Dec 17   16 21 58.8   49.48 N 129.50 W     10 G	  5.9 6.8    1.2  152   VANCOUVER ISLAND REGION.  

Dec 19   01 16 56.0   34.59 N  50.65 E     33 N	  5.6 5.8    1.2  165   IRAN.  Twenty-six people killed in the Qom-Saveh 
                                                                        area.  Felt at Tehran.

Dec 22   12 51 21.0   34.50 N  50.59 E     41	  5.5 5.2    1.1  132	IRAN.  Three people killed and 139 injured in 
                                                                        the Qom area. Felt at Tehran.

Dec 31   10 32 11.0   46.06 N 151.45 E     33	  6.1 6.5    1.0  220	KURIL ISLANDS.  Ms 6.4 (BRK), 6.4 (PAS).
									Felt (III JMA) at Urakawa and (II JMA) at Nemuro, 
									Hokkaido Japan.  Also felt in the southern Kuril 
									Islands.