2008 Dodecanese earthquake

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2008 Dodecanese earthquake
Map showing the epicenter of the earthquake
Date 15 July 2008 (2008-07-15)
Magnitude 6.4 Mw (USGS),[1] 6.2 (GINOA)[2]
Depth 68 km
Epicenter near Kattavia, Rhodes
Areas affected Greece
Casualties 1 [3][4]

The 2008 Dodecanese earthquake occurred near Kattavia on the island of Rhodes in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on 15 July. The quake struck at 06:26 a.m. local time (GMT+3) and one woman was killed when she slipped and fell as she tried to flee her home.[3] However, the earthquake did not cause any major damage.[3][5] The earthquake was felt across the entire eastern Mediterranean, as far west as Libya, and inland as far as Damascus.[4]

There was a significant aftershock the next day, 16 July, at 02:52 a.m. local time, which resulted in additional injuries.[6] The aftershock was rated between 4.8 Mw[7] and 5.0 Mw.[8]

There is not unanimity on the location of the epicenter. The USGS places the epicenter at 35°58′59″N 27°47′06″E / 35.983°N 27.785°E / 35.983; 27.785 which is under the island of Rhodes about 3.4 kilometers northeast of Kattavia; while the Athens Institute of Geodynamics coordinates (35°51′N 27°55′E / 35.85°N 27.92°E / 35.85; 27.92) place the epicenter 19 km southeast of Kattavia which is off the island, under the seabed.[2]

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