2006 Greece earthquake

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2006 Greece earthquake
2006 Greece earthquake is located in Greece
2006 Greece earthquake
UTC time2006-01-08 11:34:54
ISC event8012175
Local date8 January 2006 (2006-01-08)
Local time13:34:53[1]
Magnitude6.7 Mw[1]
Depth55 km (34 mi) [1]
Epicenter36°16′N 23°28′E / 36.26°N 23.46°E / 36.26; 23.46Coordinates: 36°16′N 23°28′E / 36.26°N 23.46°E / 36.26; 23.46 [1]
TypeOblique-slip [2]
Areas affectedGreece
Max. intensityVII (Very strong) [3]
Casualties3 injuries [2]

The 2006 Greece earthquake – also known as the Kythira earthquake – occurred on January 8 at 13:34:53 local time and was felt throughout the entire eastern Mediterranean basin. The earthquake an Mw magnitude 6.7 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong). Its epicentre was located just off the island of Kythira about 200 kilometres (120 mi) south of Athens.

One person was injured and a number of buildings and roads in Kythira were heavily damaged as a result. Several older houses on the island completely collapsed while the central square of the village of Mitata partially fell into the valley as a result of a subsequent landslide. Few buildings were damaged on the mainland closest to the epicentre (Cape Malea). On the island of Crete, two people were slightly injured in their attempt to abandon their homes. Damage to 146 buildings was recorded in western Crete, including the old town hall of Chania, the third Venetian arsenal, nine schools and many of the houses in the old Venetian town center.

Nevertheless, despite the magnitude and the duration of the tremor (buildings in Athens swayed for almost 40 seconds) no other significant injury or damage was reported in the country's strongest earthquake in decades. This was mainly because the quake had a focal depth of approximately 55 kilometres (34 mi). The tremor was felt as far away as in Bari on the Adriatic Sea, Naples and much of southern Italy, Malta, Cairo and even along the Lebanese, Syrian and Israeli shorelines. No tsunami was associated with this event.

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  1. ^ a b c d ISC (19 January 2015), ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900–2009), Version 2.0, International Seismological Centre
  2. ^ a b USGS (September 4, 2009), PAGER-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2008_06.1, United States Geological Survey
  3. ^ USGS (December 1, 2008), EXPO-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2007-12, United States Geological Survey


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