1932 Ierissos earthquake

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1932 Ierissos earthquake
1932 Ierissos earthquake is located in Greece
1932 Ierissos earthquake
UTC time1932-09-26 19:20:46
ISC event906386
Local dateSeptember 26, 1932 (1932-09-26)
Local time21:20:46
Magnitude7.0 Ms[1]
Depth40 km (25 mi)
Epicenter39°48′N 23°48′E / 39.8°N 23.8°E / 39.8; 23.8Coordinates: 39°48′N 23°48′E / 39.8°N 23.8°E / 39.8; 23.8
Areas affectedGreece, Ierissos
Max. intensityX (Extreme) [2]
Tsunami1 m (3 ft 3 in) [3]

The 1932 Ierissos earthquake occurred at 19:20 on 26 September. It caused severe damage in Ierissos and the surrounding part of the Chalkidiki peninsula, with 491 casualties reported.

Tectonic setting[edit]

The Aegean Sea is an area of mainly extensional tectonics caused by the subduction of the African Plate beneath Aegean Sea Plate. In the northwest Aegean, extension on approximately W-E trending extensional faults is accompanied by dextral (right lateral) strike-slip on SW-NE trending faults, and minor sinistral (left lateral) movement on NW-SE trending faults, accommodating the diffuse plate boundary zone between the Eurasian Plate and the Aegean Sea Plate.[5] The earthquake has been attributed to movement on the Stratoni fault, one of the W-E trending faults that shows predominantly dip-slip extension.[1]


The earthquake destroyed the town of Ierissos and several villages in the surrounding area.[1] 10,000 people were left homeless. The cost of the damage was estimated as 5 million drachmas.[4]

The minor tsunami caused no damage.[6]


The Stratoni fault was identified as the fault responsible for the 1932 event because of evidence of surface ruptures recorded soon after the earthquake and from the pattern of isoseismals, which were elongated in a W-E to NW-SE orientation and similarly orientated volume of recently observed seismicity.[1] From the observation of slickensides along exposed fault planes, the movement along the fault is dip-slip extensional with local areas of oblique slip with a component of sinistral (left-lateral) strike-slip. The extension direction is currently oriented north-south but, when the fault was formed, was oriented NNE-SSW, perpendicular to the fault trace, possibly due to subsequent clockwise rotation of the area.[1]

The earthquake was followed by three strong aftershocks (M=6.0, 5.7 & 6.2) in the period 26–29 September, and the largest (M6.3) on 11 May of the following year.[1]

A minor tsunami was reported, which was recorded by a temporary tide gauge, giving a maximum height of 1 m. The movement awoke the operator of a dredger, who saw a current spreading up the Strimonas River about an hour after the earthquake.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Pavlides, S.B.; Tranos M.D. (1991). "Structural characteristics of two strong earthquakes in the North Aegean: Ierissos (1932) and Agios Efstratios (1968)". Journal of Structural Geology. 13 (2): 205–214. Bibcode:1991JSG....13..205P. doi:10.1016/0191-8141(91)90067-s.
  2. ^ 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. ^ USGS (September 4, 2009), PAGER-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2008_06.1, United States Geological Survey
  4. ^ a b NGDC. "Comments for the Significant Earthquake". Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  5. ^ USGS (29 March 2010). "Tectonic Summary of Greece". Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  6. ^ a b NGDC. "Comments for the Tsunami Event". Retrieved 1 August 2010.

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