Important historic earthquakes in Cyprus

Last update: May 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm by By

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Cyprus Region May 25 02:04 2.6 20 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Cyprus Region May 23 00:57 2.4 30 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Cyprus Region May 20 08:22 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Cyprus Region May 20 06:05 3.3 12 MAP I Felt It
  • Liopetri - I was in and felt the vibrations, it shook the bed and rattled pots in the kitchen, didn't last long.
  • Nissi bay - All the beds shook for approx 5 seconds. We are on top floor (5th floor) and felt it quite strong. Then another small shake about half hour later only lasting 1 or 2 seconds
  • Kapparis - I was in bed sleeping. There had been a strong thunderstorm for a couple of hours. I felt the bed shaking and the door of the shower room started rattling. It lasted for a few seconds only. A picture on the wall moved by about 30 degrees. There was no damage and the thunder subsided. I checked the time when this happened and it was 08.32. Kenny Wilks
  • Larnaca - It was just slight shake few seconds. I was on 2.floor
  • USGS Liopetri, Cyprus May 20 05:41 4.0 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Cyprus Region May 20 05:41 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Famagusta - No damage. Furniture moving for approximately 5 seconds
  • Vrysoulles - This was at around 8.45 am shook the bed
  • Paralimni - Just Moderate shaking of house and contents
  • Paralimni - Just Moderate shaking of house and contents
  • aiya napa - il était 8h45 j'étais dans mon lit a l'hotel Aiya Napa et le lit a bougé de droite à gauche au moins 5 fois
  • Famagusta - I woke up at 8:41 because of it
  • Larnaca - It was a slight shake, however by the time I realised "this is an earthquake" it ended. I guess I felt it more because I was on the first floor, have I been on the ground floor I might've missed it.
  • Avgorou - Shook the bungalow, bed and contents
  • EMSC Cyprus Region May 20 05:41 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Frenaros - Le lit a tremblé la secousse a duré quelque seconde .
  • oroklini - The bed started to shake. My computer on my lap started moving
  • EMSC Cyprus Region May 19 19:51 2.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region May 18 03:45 2.9 60 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region May 17 17:13 2.4 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region May 17 09:08 2.6 11 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region May 17 07:13 2.0 19 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region May 15 15:21 2.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region May 15 11:34 3.7 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cyprus Region May 15 03:46 3.5 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cyprus Region May 03 21:50 2.8 60 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Apr 27 03:40 2.1 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Apr 23 21:58 2.6 12 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Apr 23 16:01 2.7 6 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Apr 22 00:13 2.9 19 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Apr 18 22:32 2.3 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Apr 09 19:32 2.2 21 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Apr 07 15:09 2.9 18 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 26 21:11 2.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 25 15:33 2.3 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 24 08:27 2.0 39 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 24 07:12 2.3 21 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 21 04:48 2.2 25 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 19 03:16 2.1 92 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 18 18:15 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
  • paphos - Very short shake.
  • Paphos - Sat on the sofa watching TV and the sofa started shaking! Made the dog jump!!
  • Tremithousa - No damage
  • Kouklia - Sat on my chair and it was shaking for a few seconds.
  • coral bay - very short, but strong
  • Peristrona - Sofa shook very quick also slight window shake, no damage
  • Tala - Dogs barking. Sofa and furniture shook
  • Paphos - We were in Room 318 of the Annabelle Hotel and the bed began to shake with the windows and shutters. It lasted for about 10 seconds but we were about to take cover under a doorway. We have been in a quake of 7.6 in the Solomon Islands in 1986 so knew what it was. We reckoned it was between 4 and 5 on the earthquake scale.
  • Kato Pafos - In restaurant. Surprised nobody else seemed to notice...
  • Kisonerga - Working on the computer and felt gebtle shaking for 8 seconds.
  • PEYIA - TABLE UNDER ELBOWS SHOOK FOR 3 SECS
  • Lasa - Sat in armchair and was quite strong shake from side to,side. No doubt that it was an earthquake
  • Tsada - Furniture shook
  • Paphos - We were eating in the restaurant of the Annabelle Hotel when the table shook for about 10 seconds. We were surprised how few people noticed, but the people at the next table spotted it as well.
  • Paphos - Shaking and rattling of glassware and China in cupboards etc. Lasted approximately 10 seconds.
  • Paphos - Felt how everything started to shake for a few second. Short but quite strong
  • Mandria - Felt floor shaking....lasted less than 1minute
  • Tala - Felt sofa moving while watchimg TV. Looked at cords/strings for fan on ceiling which were swinging through the air so it was obviously a short quake of 5 sec. or so.
  • Lysos - Felt slight movement indoors... no damage visible
  • Armou- Paphos - It moved my chair with me sat there, but no sickly feeling like other times
  • Limassol - I was sitting on the sofa and felt not strong single impulse
  • HaPotami - No damage
  • Agios Georgios peyia - Slight tremor felt
  • Paphos - There was a sound straight after . While we were shaking it was quite intense
  • USGS Paphos, Cyprus Mar 18 18:15 4.5 26 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Pissouri - Three of us watching the rugby sitting on two sofas and an armchair felt shaking. Thought it might because Ireland won but then somebody said it was an earthquake. Very weird feeling.
  • GEOFON Cyprus Region Mar 18 18:15 4.5 55 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • paphos - just like a pulse of energy
  • Limassol - I was sitting in a balcony and felt a very gentle vibration of the floor.
  • Armou - Pulse through house made sofa wobble
  • EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 17 14:22 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 17 01:02 2.0 80 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 15 09:34 2.0 30 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 13 00:47 2.3 23 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 08 08:56 2.0 13 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Mar 08 08:49 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 27 09:15 2.8 6 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 23 08:37 2.3 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 16 01:01 2.5 60 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 15 01:41 2.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 09 15:05 2.8 4 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 09 08:50 2.2 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 03 03:04 2.8 20 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 02 19:20 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 02 04:07 2.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 01 08:48 2.6 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 01 03:47 2.3 52 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region Feb 01 02:41 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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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.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    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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