2014 Aegean Sea earthquake

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2014 Aegean Sea earthquake
Date May 24, 2014 (2014-05-24)
Origin time 09:25:03 UTC
Magnitude 6.9 Mw[1]
Depth 10 km (6 mi)
Epicenter 40°18′18″N 25°27′11″E / 40.305°N 25.453°E / 40.305; 25.453Coordinates: 40°18′18″N 25°27′11″E / 40.305°N 25.453°E / 40.305; 25.453
Type Strike-slip
Areas affected Greece
Max. intensity VIII (Severe)
Tsunami No
Aftershocks 5.3 ML
Casualties 324 injuries[2]

The 2014 Aegean Sea earthquake occurred in the northern Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey on May 24. It had a moment magnitude of 6.9 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). Serious damage was reported on the Turkish island of Gökçeada and the cities of Edirne and Çanakkale, as well as on the Greek island of Lemnos. The earthquake was felt in Bulgaria and southern Romania.[3][4] Several aftershocks followed the main shock, the strongest measuring 5.3 ML. This aftershock struck the Gulf of Saros at 12:31 local time.[5]

Damage and casualties[edit]

A British tourist was injured in Lemnos, Greece. A shelter at the Lemnos International Airport collapsed. Many abandoned houses and a church were also damaged.[2] Almost three hundred houses were damaged in Turkey[6] and 11 houses collapsed in Greece.

Doğan News Agency said the temblor caused damage to some old houses on the island of Gökçeada, off Turkey's northern Aegean coast, and 30 people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.[2] Early reports talked about a heart attack in the greater earthquake area, but the death has not been confirmed. The Governor of Çanakkale reported a total number of 324 injuries. Two churches and 13 mosques were damaged to various extents.[6] Minor damage was also inflicted in Bulgaria.


  1. ^ "M6.9 - 19km S of Kamariotissa, Greece". United States Geological Survey. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Armand Vervaeck (24 May 2014). "Damaging earthquake in Greece / Turkey (Aegean Sea) – 278 injured". Earthquake-Report.com. 
  3. ^ "Neredeyse Türkiye'yi salladı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 24 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes off coast of Greece". Reuters. 24 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Son Depremler". KRDAE (in Turkish). 24 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Earthquake in Çanakkale's Balance Sheet Announced". Haber Monitör'de. 25 May 2014. 

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