1921 Massawa earthquake

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1921 Massawa earthquake
1921 Massawa earthquake is located in Eritrea
1921 Massawa earthquake
UTC time1921-08-14 13:15:28
ISC event912292
Local dateAugust 14, 1921 (1921-08-14)
Local time16:15:28
Magnitude6.1 Mw [1]
Depth15 km (9 mi) [1]
Epicenter15°10′N 40°54′E / 15.16°N 40.9°E / 15.16; 40.9Coordinates: 15°10′N 40°54′E / 15.16°N 40.9°E / 15.16; 40.9 [1]
Areas affectedEritrea
Total damageSevere [2]
Max. intensityVIII (Severe) [2]
CasualtiesSome [2]

The 1921 Massawa earthquake took place off the coast of Massawa, Eritrea, on August 14 with a moment magnitude of 6.1 and a Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). The first aftershock after the initial earthquake was of similar magnitude. Significant damage was caused to the harbour at Massawa with a number of deaths reported.[3] Aftershocks were felt as far away as Asmara and Dekemhare.

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  1. ^ a b c ISC (2017), ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900–2013), Version 4.0, International Seismological Centre
  2. ^ a b c National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS) (1972), Significant Earthquake Database (Data Set), National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K
  3. ^ Ambraseys, N.; Melville, C.P.; Adams, R.D. (1994). The Seismicity of Egypt, Arabia and the Red Sea: A Historical Review. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-39120-7.