01/22/1780 | 1780 Java Earthquake


Little is known about this earthquake. Its magnitude was estimated to be at least 8.5 by Musson (2012). However, other sources usually refer to this earthquake with a ringe of 8.0 - 8.5. The Wichmann (1918) catalogues describes collapsed houses in Bogor, Banten and Jakarta. Harris and Major (2012) lindicate an aftershock sequence of at least 12 months.

Events in the same region
Date Title Region Preferred Magnitude Quality*
1780 Jan 22nd 1780 Java Earthquake Java 8.5 C
  • Harris & Major (2017) -Harris, R., & Major, J. (2017). Waves of destruction in the East Indies: the Wichmann catalogue of earthquakes and tsunami in the Indonesian region from 1538 to 1877. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 441(1), 9-46. - Link
  • Musson et al. (2012) -Musson R.M.W., 2012a. A provisional catalogue of historical earthquakes in Indonesia. British Geological Survey, Open Report OR/12/073, Edinburgh, 21 pp. - Link
  • Wichmann (1918) -Wichmann, A. (1918). Die Erdbeben des indischen Archipels bis zum Jahre 1857 (Vol. 20, No. 4). J. Müller. - Link
Event Characteristics
Preferred Magnitude 8.50 (8.50-8.50)
Epicenter -8.600°N, 105.500°E
Depth unknown
Tsunami no/unknown
Paleo-Event no
Quality of Evidence C

Magnitude Range
Year Reference Magnitude
2012 Musson et al. (2012) 8.5

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