2009 Crete earthquake

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2009 Crete earthquake
Crete-earthquake-2006-7-1-USGS-map.jpg
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]

Aftershocks[edit]

There were a large number of aftershocks lasting at least a week. Among the largest were:

  • 4.9 Mw, on July 1 at 12:59:07 (local time) [7]
  • 4.2 Mw, on July 2 at 09:17:12 (local time) [8]
  • 4.3 Mw, on July 3 at 07:16:47 (local time) [9]
  • 4.9 Mw, on July 7 at 03:32:46 (local time) [10]
  • 4.8 Mw, on July 7 at 04:02:47 (local time) [11][12]
  • 4.7 Mw, on July 8 at 09:19:58 (local time) [13]
  • 4.6 Mw, on July 9 at 19:27:41 (local time) [14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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
  7. ^ Aftershock 1 USGS
  8. ^ Aftershock 2 USGS
  9. ^ Aftershock 3 USGS
  10. ^ Aftershock 4 USGS
  11. ^ Aftershock 5 USGS
  12. ^ "Earthquake Information: mb 4.7 Crete, Greece, 2009-07-07 01:02:47.5 UTC" EMSC (European Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
  13. ^ Aftershock 6 USGS
  14. ^ [1]