1950 Assam–Tibet earthquake

1950 Assam–Tibet earthquake
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UTC time1950-08-15 14:09:34
ISC eventTemplate:Eq-isc-link
Local dateAugust 15, 1950 (1950-08-15)
Local time7:39 pm IST
Magnitude8.6 Template:M
Depth15 km (9.3 mi)
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Areas affectedTibet, Assam
Max. intensityXI (Extreme)

The Asssam-Tibet earthquake,[1] also called the Assam earthquake,[1] happened on 15 August 1950. The earthquake had a magnitude of 8.6. It killed 1,526 people. It was the 6th biggest earthquake of the 20th century.[2] It is also the biggest earthquake on record that was not caused by an oceanic subduction. Instead, it was caused by two continental plates converging (crashing together).


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Historic Earthquakes, Assam - Tibet". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  2. "Largest Earthquakes in the World Since 1900". United States Geological Survey. Sep 20, 2011. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2010.