Strong earthquake(s) in the Kamena Vourla area Greece – at least 300 houses damaged

Last update: August 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm by By

Update 22:26 UTC : Our first estimate was after all very right. The shallow epicenter and the soft soil may have been the reason why more than 300 houses have sustained damage.

Update 14:52 UTC : The mainshock caused that two people were injured. They are builders whose scaffolding fall by the shaking.

Damage image courtesy and copyright lamiareport.gr

Damage image courtesy and copyright lamiareport.gr

Update 13:52 UTC : A new M4.6 aftershock occurred a couple of minutes ago. This may go on for many hours even days.

Update 13:50 UTC : A new picture of the damage in the village of Drimea, very close to the epicenter

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Image courtesy and copyright ethnos.gr

Update 10:23 UTC : More minor damage to houses is reported from other villages close to the epicenter, where also rockfalls and power outages occurred.

Update 10:17 UTC : One old house in the village Drimea, 8 km west of the epicenter, collapsed (Maybe a second in Amifikleia). Another building in Thermopylen, a village near Lamia, was hit by a fallen rock. No injuries are reported so far.

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Update 10:01 UTC : In Amfikleia, a town approx. 10 km south of the epicenter, collapsed chimneys and cracked walls were observed.

Update 09:57 UTC : The Police Department of Lamia reported rockfall in the hills near the epicenter. No damage to buildings is currently reported.

Update 09:43 UTC : Below the seismogram from this earthquake(s) on the Aspirathos, Naxos seismograph. Image courtesy Geofon Germany.

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Update 09:37 UTC : Based on new data from the Greece Institute of Geodynamics the outcome is much more harmless. The depth being reported at 17 km and the Magnitude at 5.1 puts a totally different and harmless light on this earthquake.
Small damage like cracks in walls, fallen plaster and tiles are still possible, but we do not expect anything serious.

Update 09:27 UTC : Earthquake-report.com calls this earthquake very dangerous for damage (less for injuries) based on the current seismological data. The fact that the epicenter area is likely a farm fields area is adding to our fear.

Update 09:22 UTC : the different seismological agencies are reporting preliminary different Magnitudes.

Double earthquake or a foreshock and a mainshock in Greece.

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6km (4mi) SW of Kainouryion, Greece
25km (16mi) SE of Lamia, Greece
39km (24mi) NNW of Levadeia, Greece
64km (40mi) SSE of Farsala, Greece
125km (78mi) NW of Athens, Greece

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-08-07 12:02:44

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-08-07 09:02:44

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Greece Aug 07 20:04 3.5 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Aug 07 19:54 3.3 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Aug 07 18:44 4.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Aug 07 18:19 3.2 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Aug 07 16:03 3.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Greece Aug 07 15:18 3.8 5 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Aug 07 15:18 3.8 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Aug 07 14:36 3.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Greece Aug 07 13:44 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Amfiklia, Greece Aug 07 13:44 4.8 0 MAP I Felt It
  • Lefokastro - Top floor of house vibrated and furniture rattled for a few seconds
  • EMSC Greece Aug 07 13:44 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
  • kamena vourla - 7 aout 2013. j étais a la piscine de l hotel galini a kamena vourla lorsqu a 11h15 environ j ai ressenti un tremblement de terre assez impressionant qui a duré quelques secondes mais qui ont paru une éternité.il y avait du monde a la piscine, les parents jouaient a la piscine avec leurs enfants lorsque cela s est produit. de la, changement de décort, les enfants pleurent les parents qui essaient de les réconforter, l atmosphère qui change. je n oublierai jamais ce moment..
  • EMSC Greece Aug 07 13:32 3.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 13:05 2.2 8 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 12:31 3.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 10:44 3.4 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 10:36 3.0 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 10:33 3.0 7 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 10:28 2.6 16 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 10:21 2.7 11 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 10:19 2.8 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 10:02 3.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Greece Aug 07 09:56 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ayios Serafim, Greece Aug 07 09:56 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 09:56 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 09:51 3.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 09:17 3.6 15 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Greece Aug 07 09:06 5.3 16 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kainouryion, Greece Aug 07 09:06 5.1 15 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 09:06 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Greece Aug 07 09:02 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Athens, Greece - I'm on the fourth floor of a building in Palio Faliro. My chair began rocking back and forth they way a skyscraper might sway in the wind on high floors. Water on my table also began shaking. While it's windy here today, this was definitely an earthquake.
  • Athens Greece - August 7th, 12:11 pm
  • Glyfada - Lasted around 6 seconds.
  • Athens, Maroussi - The first vibration was small - and I wasn't sure I felt it. The second one lasted longer and I could see the computer screen shaking... it lasted a few seconds..
  • nea smyrni - I live in Nea Smyrni, and I felt the earthquake shake me quite a bit. My painting, and tv were shaking a lot for a few seconds.
  • Ilissia, Athens - Definitely felt today's Earthquake!
  • Athens greece - moderate shaking lasted for 5 secs
  • Athens - I'm on the fourth floor of a concrete building in central Athens. The sensation was of rocking back and forth, two or three times, over a few seconds. It was like being in a boat when another vessel's small wake passes under the keel.
  • Gregolimano - Nous étions au bord de la piscine quand le sol s'est mis à trembler durant 5 secondes environ. Nous sommes au club med et nombreux l'on ressentit. Surtout dans l'hôtel. C'est impressionnant et angoissant pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas!!!
  • Athens, Greece - On the 3rd floor of a hotel close to the Acropolis and was not sure if it was the strong wind or a quake but having grown up in California I was pretty sure it was a quake which this site confirms.
  • Delphi Greece - Felt vibration inside.
  • USGS Ayios Serafim, Greece Aug 07 09:02 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece Aug 07 09:02 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO


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    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
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    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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