Aegean Sea Earthquake

Damaging earthquake in Greece / Turkey (Aegean Sea) – at least 278 injured – strong aftershocks

Last update: May 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm by By


Update May 25 11:44 UTC : Just in : M5.2 aftershock – felt until Istanbul, Turkey
ER expects even stronger aftershocks in the earthquake epicenter area. These aftershocks will gradually reduce in strength but can go on for weeks.
Until now, all of the strong aftershocks are located below the Sea floor but are gradually moving to the mainland (NE)

ER reader who wrote us from :
Limnos, Greece  (closest Island South-West of the epicenter) : I was waiting for a flight at Limnos airport when the earthquake struck. Very strong and violent shaking which lasted for approximately 30 – 40 seconds after an initial couple of large jolts. Ceiling tiles fell and difficult to stand up. Cracking noted around the base of the building and at the top of columns.

Update May 25 07:33 UTC : We have reports that minor damage was also inflicted in Bulgaria

Update May 25 07:13 UTC : The faith of people after an earthquake “tenting under the sky” or too dangerous to stay inside the house. The aftershocks continued all night

Twitter image courtesy @YonHaber

Update 23:02 UTC : The most official number we could find about the injured was reported by the Governor of Cannakale. He said that 278 people were injured. The vast majority of them could return home after treatment.
– 2 churches and 10 mosques have been damaged to various extend.

Update 17:01 UTC : The screenshot below shows the area where the strongest aftershocks have been located. All of them luckily below the Aegean Sea

Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 18.52.47

Update 09:59 UTC : The island of SAMOTHRAKI is most at risk due to expected very strong shaking

Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 11.54.54

Update 09:52 UTC : The Geofon preliminary focal mechanism of this earthquake looks very bad as it shows a strike-slip type earthquake with a mainly horizontal movement.

Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 11.48.29

Update 09:50 UTC : This earthquake was also felt in neighboring countries like Bulgaria and Romania

Update 09:49 UTC : The first aftershocks are already raging in the epicentral area. Some stronger than M5!

Update 09:43 UTC : Shaking map below shows strong to very strong shaking on the Greek Islands – Damage may at least be expected on these islands

Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 11.38.54

Update : Preliminary data are showing M6.4 at a shallow depth of 6.4 km. Hard to say whether strong waves will be generated because we have no Focal Mechanism yet.

ER calls this earthquake VERY DANGEROUS for the nearby Greece islands and the Turkish coast like Cannakale

Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 11.34.06

18km (11mi) S of Kamariotissa, Greece
69km (43mi) SSW of Alexandroupolis, Greece
78km (48mi) ESE of Potos (Thassos), Greece
83km (52mi) WNW of Canakkale, Turkey
299km (186mi) NNE of Athens, Greece

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-05-24 12:25:01

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-05-24 09:25:01

Depth (Hypocenter) : 27 km

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