Strong earthquake in Western Greece (Cephalonia) – 600 buildings demolished

Last update: February 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm by By

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Update February 5 :
A scientific team, including 100 engineers along with seismologists and engineers from the Technical Chamber of Greece, have already come to the island to inspect all public buildings. According to first estimates, around 600 buildings are deemed demolished, 1,100 heavy damaged and 1,400 with minor damage throughout the region of Palliki while there are several problems in public infrastructure such as roads, ports and public buildings that need restoration.


Update Jan. 27, 10:33 UTC: Seven people suffered minor injuries due to falling objects, officials said. More than 2000 people (temporarily) had to leave their damaged houses.

Update 19:20 UTC: The strong aftershock was also felt in parts of Albania (Tirana) and Italy. A second quake, M 4.2, followed at 19:12 UTC.

Update 19:12 UTC: The revised data from greek authorities say the aftershock had M 5.2. Stong enough to cause new damage and make the night even more uncomfortable. Another shock, M 4.2, followed 15 minutes later. (More Info about the aftershock here)

Update 19:09 UTC: News from the mainshock: At least 2 people are confirmed to be slightly injured. They went to the hospital in Argostoli. Due to the damage caused to tis hospital, mainly to its roof, it was decided to evacuate it. Patients were transferred to the next wooden building.

Update 18:56 UTC: The new quake (aftershock), happening at 18:45 UTC, is specified with Magnitude 4.9 by greek authorities (preliminary data).

Update 18:48 UTC: A new quake, preliminary M 5.6, happened a few minutes ago!

Update 17:59 UTC: Schools across Cephalonia will be closed Monday in order for the necessary verifications of the building structures to be made.

Update 16:59 UTC: Nearly every building in Lixouri suffered at least minor damage. Many buildings, esspecially pubic buildings like schools, show severe damage like collapsed walls and roofs. Other places on Cephalonia, for example the airport, are also affected. Authorities are working to organize a save supply of  food and water for the earthquake victims. Most of them won’t return to their homes and stay outside during the coming night.

Update 16:48 UTC: Some people are treated in the hospital of Argostoli for minor injuries, mainly caused by falling objects / debris and broken glass.

Update 15:44 UTC: One house in Kounopetra collapsed, luckily without affecting people. An relatively large ash emission of the volcano Etna on Sicily (Italy) followed shortly after this quake was felt there. A connection of both events is possible.

Update 15:18 UTC: Also the neighbour island Zakynthos (south of Cephalonia) reports minor damage to buildings, mainly broken windows.

Update 15:04 UTC: The greek Secretary of Interior is going to visit the earthquake area later today. Newspapers report that Lixouri is the most affected area. Many houses there suffered damage in diverse extent. No injuries or collapsed houses so far, but the quake also caused rockfalls and minor landslides in parts of the island!

Update 14:53 UTC: Power supply is interrupted in Fiskardo, located in northern Cephalonia. More damage reports coming in from different parts of the Island, so far “only” bricks falling from walls, cracks and other limited damage, but it seems that several buildings are affected. In Lixouri a hospice and some homes were demolished.

Update 14:48 UTC: Damaged buildings are reported from Lixouri, located only 6 km from the epicenter. No details about the damage are available yet.

Update 14:37 UTC: First reports mentioning cracked roads and a chaotic situation on Cephalonia. Most people were frightened by the earthquake and ran to the streets. Fire brigade and police are checking for possible damaged buildings and injuries.

Update 14:33 UTC: So far, 2 aftershocks with M 4.1 and 4.2 were registered. More are expected to follow. People on Cephalonia should be prepared for it. Residents of Kefalonia are scared. This event reminded them about the great earthquake of 1953 (M 7.2), where hundreds of people lost their lives.

Update 14:29 UTC: The magnitude was revised to 5.8. A shallow depth of only 17 km is given by greek authorities. Quakes with this magnitude and shallow depth happening in populated locations can cause heavy damage, esspecially to buildings with poor construction.

Update 14:21 UTC: People report the shaking also from distant countries, like Albania, Montenegro, Bulgaria and Southern Italy.

A strong quake with magnitude 5.7 shook the greek island Cephalonia a few minutes ago. The shocks were also felt in Athens. The epicenter is located in the western part of the island. We expect some damage caused by this earthquake.

Nearby Cities 0km (0mi) NW of Lixourion, Greece 61km (38mi) NW of Zakynthos, Greece 87km (54mi) SSW of Preveza, Greece 89km (55mi) WSW of Mesolongi, Greece 289km (180mi) W of Athens, Greece

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Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 6 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-01-26 15:55:43 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-01-26 13:55:43 Depth (Hypocenter)  : 24 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 23:06 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 23:06 4.3 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 23:06 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 22:28 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 22:28 4.0 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 21:42 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 21:42 4.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 21:15 4.7 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 21:15 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 21:15 4.7 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 21:08 3.6 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Jan 26 20:47 3.7 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 19:53 4.4 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 19:53 3.9 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 19:53 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Jan 26 19:23 3.2 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 19:12 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 19:12 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Jan 26 19:12 4.6 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 19:03 4.6 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 19:03 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 19:03 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Jan 26 18:56 4.0 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 18:45 5.4 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 18:45 5.4 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 18:45 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Jan 26 18:38 3.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 17:45 3.8 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 17:45 3.9 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 17:45 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 17:22 3.5 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Jan 26 17:16 3.0 1 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 17:08 3.4 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 17:01 3.2 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 16:55 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 16:55 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Ionian Sea Jan 26 16:55 3.7 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Jan 26 16:49 3.2 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 16:43 3.6 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 16:43 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 16:43 4.3 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 16:32 3.6 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 16:24 3.1 8 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 16:08 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 16:08 3.8 60 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 16:08 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Jan 26 16:00 3.8 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Ionian Sea Jan 26 15:50 3.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Jan 26 15:38 3.8 1 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 15:36 3.9 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 15:36 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Jan 26 15:29 3.8 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 15:29 4.6 11 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 15:29 3.9 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 15:20 3.4 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 15:09 3.3 1 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 14:59 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 14:59 4.5 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 14:59 4.5 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 14:55 3.9 7 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Greece Jan 26 14:47 3.8 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 14:47 4.3 21 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 14:41 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 14:41 4.1 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 14:41 4.4 11 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 14:32 4.6 11 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 14:32 3.9 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 14:32 3.7 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 14:29 4.4 11 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 14:29 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 14:29 3.7 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 14:24 4.2 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 14:24 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 14:24 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 14:22 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 14:22 3.9 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 14:21 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Jan 26 14:08 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 26 14:08 4.9 15 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 14:08 4.9 11 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lixourion, Greece Jan 26 13:55 6.1 12 MAP I Felt It
  • Kontarena - Трясся дом и все предметы в нем. Никаких повреждений нет, электричество есть, пока есть.
  • Palairos - mocno potrzeslo domem, dlugo trwalo
  • Kefalonia - Waren dineren in Lassi en voelde alsof iemand aan de rugleuning van je stoel schudde. Obers kekem niet op of om, waren dit klaarblijkelijk wel gewend.
  • Athens - No damage. Shook briefly.
  • Kastania - No damage in the area
  • Tirana - Light and short movement of the floor and lamps. Any damage.
  • Tirana - Suave movimiento. Apenas perceptible. Se apreciaba en reposo y observando lamparas y cortinas
  • Sofia - Light Wave from west
  • Patras - No damage to property, but we were on the 2nd floor and felt the house swaying back and forth for quite a while, maybe 30 seconds.
  • Aigion - wokw up during the night as to shakings occured
  • Dorizata - My wife and animals very scared, no structural damage still having tremors
  • Ano Katelios - Severe shaking for several minutes. Sounded like express train underground. Main towns of Argostoli and Lixouri have damage - roads, broken windows cracked and broken walls, broken roofs. Very frightening. Many aftershocks since.
  • STAVROS Ithaque - même aujourd’hui le 27/01/2014.19:57, les parasismiques se sentent encore ........
  • Corfu - No damages
  • GEOFON Greece Jan 26 13:55 6.1 12 MAP I Felt It
  • Apia - It happened 15 minutes ago, around 00:52 on January 27th 2014 (Samoa time).
  • Preveza - Lamps were shaking, lockers, doors and windows vibrating, walls moving --> so far no damage visible
  • lecce - niente danni ..... lampadari che oscillano .leggera vibrazione
  • Tirana - I felt this earthquake
  • Tirana - It was felt here too
  • Vathi, Meganisi - Villa shook and there was a deep rumble reminiscent of the sound of very heavy traffic. Car alarms were activated. Haven't found any damage to the building.
  • catania - no damage
  • Tirana - Weak but longer than usual.
  • zakynthos - shaky for over 45seconds
  • tirana - lamba sallanmasi
  • Kilini Andravida - Werd wakker geschud uit mijn middagdutje.Tot zoverre geen berichten ivm schade ontvangen, maar we zijn ook wel een 100 tal kilometer van het epicentrum verwijderd.
  • Lecce - No damage, just a little shake.
  • Nidri - Żadnych uszkodzeń, natomiast dosyć mocno potrzęsło domem.
  • EMSC Greece Jan 26 13:55 6.0 24 MAP I Felt It INFO


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
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    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    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 :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    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).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    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.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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