2009 Crete earthquake

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2009 Crete earthquake
Date 1 July 2009 (2009-07-01)
Magnitude 6.4 Mw[1] 6.6 Mb[2]
Depth 19 km (11.8 mi)[1]
Epicenter 34°14′25″N 25°28′40″E / 34.24028°N 25.47778°E / 34.24028; 25.47778
Areas affected Greece
Island of Crete
Total damage minor
Tsunami no
Casualties none reported

The 2009 Crete earthquake occurred with a moment magnitude of 6.4 on 1 July off the southern coast of the Island of Crete, Greece, at 12:30:09 local time.[1] The shock was felt as far away as Cairo, Egypt,[3] although it was not felt in Athens.[4] The quake was felt quite sharply in Lasithi prefecture, and throughout the Heraklion Prefecture.[5] There were a number of smaller earthquakes in the region in the three days preceding the quake, and there was a very small tsunami on the south coast of Crete on the day preceding the quake.[5]

The quake occurred along the plate boundary where the African Plate is pushing north and under the Aegean Sea Plate, causing the Hellenic Trench and subduction zone.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "Latest Earthquakes - World: Magnitude 6.4 - Crete, Greece" 1 July 2009
  2. ^ "LDEO Seismology Research: Surface Wave Event Locations" 1 July 2009
  3. ^ "Strong earthquake shakes Greek island of Crete" The Sofia Echo 1 July 2009
  4. ^ "Earthquake rocks Greek Crete island" U.P.I. 1 July 2009
  5. ^ a b "Τσουνάμι έφερε προχθες ισχυρός σεισμός στην Κρήτη" ("Tsunami was the day before a strong earthquake in Crete") Iraklio Web Radio 3 July 2009, in Greek, accessed 8 July 2009
  6. ^ Meier, T et al. (2007) "A Model for the Hellenic Subduction Zone in the area of Crete based on seismological investigations" pp. 194-195 In Taymaz, Tuncay and Dilek, Yildirim (eds.) (2007) The Geodynamics of the Aegean and Anatolia Geological Society, London, pp. 183-200, ISBN 978-1-86239-239-7