List of Tsunami Prone Areas in India

What Is a Tsunami?

What Are the Tsunami Prone Areas in India?

Which Areas Were Affected by Tsunamis in India Till Date?


The Indian coastal belt hasn’t experienced many tsunamis in the past. However, there have been waves accompanying earthquake activity over the North Bay of Bengal.

A table comprising details of tsunamis that have hit the Indian coast till date is given below.




Tsunami caused by an earthquake in the Bay of Bengal

12th April 1762

A tsunami wave of 1.8m

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake beneath the car Nicobar

31st December 1881

East coast of India and Andaman Nicobar suffered huge damages

Eruption of Krakatoa volcano

27th August 1883

A 2m tsunami was reported in Chennai.

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Andaman

26th June 1941

States on eastern coast of India suffered the disaster.

An earthquake in Makran subduction zone

27th November 1945

The western coast of India suffered damages.

The strongest tidal wave registered in India that reached a height of 17.30 meters

26th December 2004

Chennai was one of the most major cities to be affected by a tsunami. The death toll in India alone was above 18,000.

The states which were severely affected by the tsunami that occurred in 2004 are as follows-

  • Kerala- Alleppey and Earnakulam
  • Tamil Nadu- Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Villupuram, Thiruvarur, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur
  • Andhra Pradesh- Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur. Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari
  • Pondicherry
  • Orissa

The mentioned list of tsunami-affected areas in India and the impact prove that damages caused by this calamity are severe. It is impossible to avoid or control damages caused by a tsunami.

However, you can take certain measures to reduce post-damages. For instance, preparing an emergency kit or ensuring valuables.

Insurance ensures both an insurance holder and his/her property is compensated with funds in a situation like death or damages caused by natural calamities.

Insurance Products People Residing in the Tsunami-prone Areas Should Buy

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