In memory of the victims of August 12, 1953 - Kefalonia, Greece

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M 7.02   12-08-53  Depth 15 km   Greece -  killing 800 people

1953 Kafalonia earthquake - Picture courtesy


The earthquake of 1953 on Kefalonia was One of the greatest disasters ever.
On August 12, 1953 at 09:24 UTC, the most destructive of the four earthquakes hit the island. The earthquakes destroyed almost every house and killed approx. 800 people. The worst earthquake had a Magnitude of 7.2.
The epicenter was on the southern tip of the island and raised it by 60 cm! The watermarks on rocks around the coast bear testimony to this fact. The only areas that escaped destruction were on the northern side.
The island of Kefalonia is just east of a major tectonic fault. This is where the European and the Aegean plates meet at a slip boundary.
The worst blow to the economy was that 100,000 residents left the island to live elsewhere.


  1. Diana Gilroy says

    Where can I get a list of those killed. My bio parents may be on it. You are my last hope. Thank you

    • Armand Vervaeck says

      We only exist for about 5 years and have no knowledge of such a list. Sorry Diana.