Very Strong slightly damaging earthquake at intermediate depth near Crete, Greece

Update October 13 - 12:46 UTC :We have been reading the local press and also watched the video's currently circulating on the internet. Some sources are talking about drinking water who turned red after the earthquake. This is mostly due to a broken drinking water pipeline. Some other reports are talking about a small tsunami (a few cm). This could be true but can hardly seen as a tsunami in the eyes of most people, it is more like a tsunami for scientific study. Most of the very strong to massive earthquakes are generating these tsunamis in subduction areas. Next to the very well known tidal waves, also strong currents can go on for many hours. Accordingly it is best no to swim in the Sea after feeling an earthquake (most of the time you don't know where the epicenter is, which adds to the uncertainty and risk).

This reader report has just been received by Earthquake-report and shows that a deadly earthquake can also be due to landslides :

Around the time of the earthquake, we passed a couple of large boulders in the road which seemed recently to have fallen. One car with a cracked windscreen. Flood of water cascading down the road towards Chania. Looked as though the drivers were fortunate! Glenn and Jill

Below a video showing the fallen products in a supermarket (location unknown).

Update 15:19 UTC : More reports are coming in from landslides and fallen tiles of roofs, everything we consider slight damage. Due to the fact that insurance companies will have to intervene to pay back some damage for those insured against earthquakes, we are calling this earthquake a CatDat Orange (CATDAT James Daniell)

Some of the experience reports of our readers :

Chania : was in supermarket and all the produce jumped off the shelves onto the floor. They had to close the shop (large Marinopoulos at Mournies)Chania - I was in the smallest room of the apartment, which was a stroke of luck, as it happens. When it did happen I very quickly recognised it as an earthquake, but as it escalated I soon realised this to be by far the strongest I'd ever experienced. Seemed to go on for close to a minute; thankfully the apartment withstood the swaying with far more calm than me, given the empirical evidence from the smallest room in the apartment!
Chania : we could see earth moving and cars shaking. Cars alarms went off. Many were scared. We were also scared, but happy to be on a beach, and not in a building.

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Update 15:19 UTC : According to «» (with news from Crete) vibration was long and there has been slight damage mainly glass doors smashed in the Old Town of Chania, while testimonials speak for marble that fell from balconies in the center. Kritika through said a citizen was slightly injured in his attempt to jump from the window.

Update 15:06 UTC : Some early reports are mentioning minor damage in houses due to fallen objects, nothing more at the moment.
The Greece Institute of Geodynamics is somewhat different than the other sources. GIG reports a Magnitude of 6.2 but at a depth of 60 km (less dangerous than the other values).

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Update  14:26 UTC : The island of Crete had once again a narrow escape from a damaging earthquake. 30 km more to the east and the damage might have been very huge, even at the current depth  as the sea is weakening the impact considerably.

Update  14:10 UTC : Below the seismogram as recorded at Gavdos (courtesy Geofon). The oscillations after the mainshock are small aftershocks

Update  14:03 UTC : The earthquake was felt completely different in various parts of Crete. As could be expected stronger to the west of the island than in the middle or at the eastern side.

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Update  13:53 UTC : The theoretical damage engine from QAlarm has reports a max. of 20 injured and no fatalities based on more dangerous data than expected by EMSC (M6.6 at a depth of 40 km)

Update 13:47 UTC : The earthquake has also been felt well on the Northern African coast (IE Alexandria in Egypt)

Update 13:45 UTC : EMSC has changed his earthquake data into a Magnitude of 6.4 at a depth of 47 km, normally a lot more dangerous than the initial values, but based on the received intensities we can confirm our earlier expectations.

Update 13:41 UTC : We expect a lot of moderate to weak aftershocks for the coming hours and days.

Update 13:38 UTC : The shaking intensity values we are currently receiving from our readers are showing a moderate to strong shaking, which is normally just below the damage level. In other words based on all available data we have at this moment only slight damage is still a possibility.

Update 13:37 UTC : The depth of 60 km (preliminary data) is also the reason that the earthquake will have been felt in a very wicde area of hundreds of km.

Update 13:35 UTC : We do not expect any serious tsunami treat because of the depth of the earthquake (Focal Mechanism is not known yet at this moment).

Due to the intermediate depth of the earthquake, we expect maximum slight damage on the eastern part of Crete.

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276 km S of Athens, Greece / pop: 729,137 / local time: 16:11:53.0 2013-10-12
171 km W of Irákleion, Greece / pop: 137,154 / local time: 16:11:53.0 2013-10-12
67 km W of Chaniá, Greece / pop: 54,565 / local time: 16:11:53.0 2013-10-12
30 km W of Plátanos, Greece / pop: 1,077 / local time: 16:11:53.0 2013-10-12

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-10-12 16:11:54

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-10-12 13:11:54

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 47 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 23:14 3.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 20:54 3.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 19:39 3.5 2 MAP
EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 19:36 3.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 17:08 2.7 2 MAP
  • Choudetsi - The lamp in the diningroom went front and back.
  • EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 16:52 2.4 17 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 15:27 3.5 2 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 15:13 2.4 16 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 15:11 2.8 15 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 14:57 3.2 25 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 14:16 2.7 4 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 14:14 2.8 14 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 14:05 4.3 50 MAP
    GEOFON Crete, Greece Oct 12 14:05 4.4 54 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 13:55 3.1 22 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 13:44 2.6 5 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 13:40 2.8 15 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 13:33 3.0 25 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 13:29 2.9 6 MAP
    EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 13:11 6.4 47 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Pallini - light shaking
  • Almyridha - Great fun; shaking went on for quite a time.
  • Koudipidiana - I was on the computer and the house just starting shaking and some things in the kitchen fell off shelves...but I ran out to my balcony just to see wha happened and people came out of buildings and were looking around somewhere nearby an alarm of some sort was going off. My coworker called me and asked if we had an earthquake and I told him "yup" I asked about my other close coworkers and he said he talked to them. So everyone should be okay. I am now thinking how long before a tsunami came?
  • Herakliion - whole flat was shaking on the 1st floor for about a minute
  • Heraklion - BOAT TYPE MOVEMENT
  • Kolimvari - Very noticable shaking
  • Nahe rhythemo - Leichtes Zittern am Strand. Sonnenschirme wackelten, Alarmanlagen gingen los.
  • Kato Gouves - light shaking for over a minute
  • Iraklio - Mancava poco che uscissi di corsa da casa,durato tanto circa 1 minuto
  • Alexandria ,Egypt - Felt it
  • Glossa - I was in the pool and could hear a load rumble like thunder and water in the pool stated shaking
  • Erfus Perama - I did not feel the earthquake at the time but I felt a strong tremor at approx 16.15 in my house. I felt as if I was on a swaying boat.
  • Souri Vamos - Very strange
  • Rethimon - Luchter bewoog en rammelde de houten pergola bewoog stevig ( duizelig gevoel kreeg je ervan ) voelde het 1st met men voeten en dan begon alles te bewegen voor ongeveer 1minuut en 30seconden
  • Almyrida, Kreta - Op t strand bij t plaatsje Almyrida op Kreta. Beving duurde zo'n 15 seconden en na schik eveneens.
  • Hora sfakion - 2 x achter elkaar om ca 16.15 licht schudden.
  • Loutraki, Greece - Was sitting at my desk. 3rd floor of building. The shaking (swaying back and forth) lasted for well over a minute. Both I and people around me became very dizzy.
  • Stalos - Villa shook slightly. Vase fell off table. Was on pool chair and it was shaking.
  • Itea, Delphi - We're far from the epicenter but I felt it well, at the 3rd floor, It was really long!!!
  • Heraklion - Building was moving quite a lot and what seemed like a long duration,
  • Agia galini - Op het strand, schudden van het strandbed.
  • Chania Kreta - 1620 uur LT. Op reis ten westen van Chania. Matige bevingen voelbaar gedurende ongeveer halve minuut.
  • Plaka - Light shaking in Plaka. We were in our house and the house started shaking for a few minutes. First light then a little bit heavier. We went to the streets and went back a few minutes later. Nothing broken but it felt really strange. Can we expact more?
  • Rethymnon - Als of je op een boor zit met storm op zee
  • Cairo - it was horrible
  • Agio Apotostioli - Out by the pool in the hotel, people ran out of the nearest restaurant, sunbeds shaking heavy, people nervous. No damages in hotel.
  • Akrotiri Crete - I was standing in a very strong structure and it as though my legs were getting week under me, a very strange sensation.
  • Tanta Egypt - I was in my rooom. Ifeel that this building is shaking.
  • Kissamos - First long strong one I have felt for about 7 years. Whole building shaking, along with trees & parked cars. Lights were swinging for about 5 mins afterwards. (via emsc)
  • Kato Galatasa W of Chania - Matige bevingen gedurende halve minuut. Op reis in Kalliston hotel , ten westen van Chania
  • Missiria - Trillingen en het balkon schudde mee.
  • Agia Galini - korte, zwakke maar duidelijk voelbaar heen en weer bewegen
  • Agios Georgios - leger roulis par 2 fois dans ma maison ....qq vagues dans la piscine
  • Heraklion - scared so much
  • Maleme - We were standing at the beach and wanted to go for a swim, when we both thought we lost our balance 🙂
  • Chania - I felt it in the swimming pool, as my feet were on the bottom and started shaking. Some noise, Some wind, for about 8 seconds. No harm.
  • Sitia, Crete - Weak shaking for a kinda long timne.
  • Episkopi beach - I was lying on a sunbed and thought initially that my mother was jerking it to get my attention. Some people jumped up and ran inside, whereas others playing ballgames didn't seem to notice.
  • Kolymvari - Worst one we had in the 7 years we have lived here & both my wife & next door neighbours left feeling physically sick (via emsc)
  • Gythio Peleponnes - Our campervan rocked and our chairs as well
  • Gerani - Outside in hotel pool area it started to feel like waves passing by. No visible damage what so ever. People got bit nervous, children crying but it was soon over, back to normal. (via emsc)
  • Piarco - 10:10 pm. Standing during an earthquake. The ground felt wave like . My pets seemed very confused. It was strong for the majority.
  • Platanias - Swaying of hotel on second floor. Tv and stand up lamp started swaying pictures fell of walls very disorientated moved to outside hotel noore affects as yet. (via emsc)
  • Malta - Felt very weak shaking.
  • Anidri - Anidri village 2k from Paleochora....the house was shaking from side to side ornaments fell to the floor.First a huge gust of wind then noise under ground and then the house very frightening.
  • Retthymon - Vreemde gewaarwording op het terras in de oude haven van Retthymon. Ik dacht dat degene achter mij zo zat te tikken, totdat het een minuut vrij hard ging..
  • Agia Galini - On the beach people noticed sun umbrellas swaying and a slight rocking motion.
  • Matala Crete - after a soft kind of swinging in the street like walking an unstable jetty for maybe 5 sec it continued lightly for some time fading out during approx one minute. Locals seemed unaffected, tourists exited or alarmed.
  • Hersonissos - In Hersonissos, 20 km from Heraklion, strange feeling, cats ran indoors and dogs started to howl!
  • Rethimno Hotel Creta Star - Im Boden fest verankerte Sonnenschirme fingen an zu schwingen. Die Menschen schauten sich ratlos an. Die Erde schwankte doch recht lange. Mein erster Blick ging zum Hotel ... das stand noch ... mein zweiter Blick zum Meer ... wann kommt der Tsunami?
  • Kissamos - Aujourd'hui en Crète à Kissamos vers 16h . Très forte secousse tout bougeait . Très impressionnant !
  • Chania - I was in the smallest room of the apartment, which was a stroke of luck, as it happens. When it did happen I very quickly recognised it as an earthquake, but as it escalated I soon realised this to be by far the strongest I'd ever experienced. Seemed to go on for close to a minute; thankfully the apartment withstood the swaying with far more calm than me, given the empirical evidence from the smallest room in the apartment!
  • Santorini, Greece - Felt initial shock followed seconds later by waves at right angles. Thought it might be caused by large buses passing nearby but considering the pattern of shaking and the duration, decided it was an earthquake. Could feel distinct waves at right angles to each other.
  • Chania - Lasted very long!
  • Analipsi - Senti l'immeuble et les objets bouger, comme une grosse impression de vertiges.
  • Chania - was in supermarket and all the produce jumped off the shelves onto the floor. They had to close the shop (large Marinopoulos at Mournies)
  • Strand, Kalathas - ich war mit meiner Freundin am Strand von Kalathas nahe Chania. Wir spuerten ein starkes Schwanken ueber einen gefuehlten langen Moment. Ich habe schon mehrere Erdbeben erlebt, dies war das staerkste und laengste
  • Heraklion, Greece - We were on the pier adjacent to the historic Venetian Fort Koules at 4pm when we felt the ground shake for less than 10 seconds.
  • Finicounda - felt like moderate shaking
  • Kato Stalos - Building shook significantly. Went outside to see waves in swimming pool. No damage noted (new building).
  • Vamos - everything shook
  • Kobonada, Kythira island - We were on the beach and were rocked from side to side
  • laytos beach, Analipsy - Im staying in the sensatori hotel in Analipsy. The room started rocking back and forth and a few glasses fell off the table.
  • Xania - Staying in Old Town Xania and knew immediately that it was an earthquake, enough to get the adrenaline flowing and to leave the building quickly. Nothing fell and no damage in this particular street. After 10 minutes people seemed to be going about their lives as if nothing had happened.
  • Iguana Beach, 3 km west of Chania - we could see earth moving and cars shaking. Cars alarms went off. Many were scared. We were also scared, but happy to be on a beach, and not in a building.
  • Strand Komos bij Pitisidie - We zaten op het strand toen het begon te beven, ik dacht eerst dat ik duizelig was, maar daar was geen aanleiding voor. Toen zag ik de bomen schudden en realiseerde dat de aarde beefde. een heel rare gewaarwording. We hadden al vaker een aardbeving in deze omgeving meegemaakt maar altijd 's nachts. Dit was een heel nieuwe ervaring
  • St. helina - was doing some work on a computer and mann this thing rocked the place. intense awesome experience !
  • Prines - It felt as if someone was shaking my sunbed.
  • Paleochora, crete - Psychedelic experience! I were on the 2th floor in 4 story hotel. Walls and floor waving heavily back and fourth. Ran outside really frightened.
  • Gavalochori, Vamos - Was on the 1st floor of the local museum with a group of tourists. Felt like the floor dancing a bit, rather funny feeling in the knees. No sound, everything remained in place. Some tourists calmed when I smiled and said: 'You've just experienced a quake!'
  • acrotiri chania - just felt dizzy
  • Gavalachori - I was woken from a sleep by the bed rocking. The rest of the family were by the pool and felt the ground move and saw the water splashing out of the pool. Ripples continued in the puddles around the pool for several minutes. Hanging utensils in the kitchen were swinging for some minutes after.
  • Rethymnon - Was at rockas beach bar on sun bed and I crap my costume...then had to go for a dip to clean. Strongest shake yet. I really hope they find gas quickly!!!
  • herakliom - Wat me opvalt is dat we de schokken van rond 13:00u niet of nauwelijks gevoelt hebben, om 15:30u rende in heraklion iedereen de straat op
  • Msida Malta - Things started to mildly shake on 4yh floor. The bag next to my leg stsrted tapping me! Reported from daughter via Skype live as it was happening.
  • Georgioupolis - Stand auf einer Brücke, die erst nur schwankte, sich dann aber stark aufschaukelte.
  • Ghonios, central Crete - Didn't notice tremor while driving Suzuki Jimmy. But it lost traction on switchback turn at less than 30km/hr, so its rear wheels bounced sideways to middle of road. Had to counter steer, as in snow. I inspected road for oil, pebbles, etc. Only dry pavement. Est. time: 2:00pm - 2:15pm.
  • Palaiochora - Secousse clairement ressentie sur une petite plage a l' ouest deDe Palaiochora. Pas de bruit entendu, il y avait beaucoup de vent toute la joigne. J'ai perdu l'equlibre, il y a eu deux secousses, très brèves , on a tout de suite su Qu' il s' agissait d' séisme .
  • Hersonisos - J'étais allongé sur mon litce 12 octobre 2013 vers 16h10 heure locale, et j'ai ressenti une secousse d'environ 40 secondes.C'est ma première expérience en la matière
  • Paleochora - 10 seconden schudden op het strand
  • Agii Apostoli - Significant shaking and bed was wobbling. Didn't last very long.
  • Chania, Nea Hora - Having been in bigger quakes in Tokyo and Arizona, I would say this one felt more like 4.5 than 6.5 (on the ground floor) and lasted less than a minute - maybe 30 secs. Although having 4 storeys creaking above your head is a bit mad.
  • Akrotiri, Crete - For the first few seconds I felt a trembling in the ground. Then the ground under me moved about two feet to one direction and back again as I was standing outside on the terrace. It was a fun experience, standing on the moving ground, but the kids came running and said the furniture and walls were shaking inside the house and it frightened them.
  • Paleochora, Crete - On a sun bed and thought it was my husband playing around and shaking it. Difficult to get of the bed so just lay there. When I realised it was an earthquake it subsided with a small after shock. When I looked back at the apartments on the beach people were racing towards the beach. First time experience for both of us.
  • Panormos - Waiting for tsunami
  • rethymno - The ground was clearly moving. We were lying on the beach.Felt like I was on a rocking chair
  • Pitsidia - leichtes beben, im freien gut wahrnehmbar, im haus stärker, aber keine schäden.
  • Agiagalini - Dacht dat Ik onwel werd, zat op stoel voor pc.
  • Cairo - On fifth floor of building. Wheeled chair rolled gently and plants swayed slightly.
  • Chania, Odos Akrotiriou - I had just parked the car when it rocked like a boat in a strong side-toside wave for 30 seconds. The event may have lasted nearly a munute.
  • Mirthios - Erdbeben gespürt am 12.10.2013 in Mirthios, Ag. Vasileos, Rethimnion zwischen ca. 16.10 Uhr und 16.20 Uhr, Ich habe draußen mehrere Beben stark und deutlich gespürt, mit kleinen Abständen vielleicht 1-2 Minuten lang. Keine Beschädigungen.
  • Gerani -
  • Hersonnisus - I put my sun lounger mattress on the top of a flat stone wall cos it was in the shade. Felt strong lateral movements (snake-like) along the length of the wall for about 30 seconds. Sat up and looked around me at the people around the pool and on the beach who appeared totally unaffected. V strange experience.
  • Therisso Gorge - Around the time of the earthquake, we passed a couple of large boulders in the road which seemed recently to have fallen. One car with a cracked windscreen. Flood of water cascading down the road towards Chania. Looked as though the drivers were fortunate! Glenn and Jill
  • Rethymnon - eerst licht toen matig schudden.angstig
  • Karavas, Kythira - House trembled for a few seconds. No apparent damage.
  • Stavros - Nous étions sous la tonnelle en bois d'une taverne, qui s'est mise à tanguer. J'ai cru que quelqu'un la secouait, mais tout le sol bougeait dans un mouvement de cisaillement. Le plus impressionnant, c'était les voitures garées qui se sont mise à tanguer. Je me suis senti étourdit pendant quelques minutes ensuite.
  • rousospiti - à 1km du village de Rousospiti(Rethymnon)
  • Sparti - floor was moving in apartment
  • CHania - In old town. House shook strongly for 20 - 30 seconds
  • Kalami - Very strange sitting by the pool reading by book on earthquakes (no honestly) , wind grew very strong, chairs shot down the pool side, then ground started shaking as if we were sitting on jelly, told my brother in law to get out of the villa pronto, difficult to stand could see ground move and pool water change. Very exciting for me as I love the subject but also very scary -The power of Mother Earth is untameable.
  • Spilia Kolymbari - The whole house shook for about a minute. Luckily no damage, but it was really very scary.
  • Georgioupoli - Horizontal movements with strong swinging, lasting for almost a minute. Street canelabras were shaking considerably, but no obvious damage.
  • Agia Galini - Het hotel schudde heel licht en het water in onze glazen bewoog heen en weer.
  • 15 km west v. Rethimnon - lagen op en bedje op het zandstrand,bedje schudde tot 2 x toe duidelijk heen en weer gedurende meerdere seconden.
  • Voukolies - I live in a 2 storey house and was upstairs at the table on my computer. The table (a heavy table) started to jump and I thought it was my dog having a scratch underneath the table. I told him twice to stop and jumping continued. I looked underneath and no dog. Then I realised and went downstairs and outside my house. The whole house was rocking and seemed to go on for a few minutes. I was a little scared.
  • Adelianos Kabos - Sat at pool bar and thought my partner was shaking my chair. Looked over at friends and saw the floor moving.left me feeling sick and dizzy.
  • Rethymno - Auto hat deutlich gewakelt. Alarmanlagen von Autos gingen los. Der Eindruck war 15-20 sec. Nirgends erkennbare Schäden.
  • Chania Town - Sitting outdoors in a park cafe opposite the stadium in centre of Chania with my husband and the plastic chairs we were sitting on moved a couple of feet to the left and then same again to the right. A very strange sensation.
  • Rethymno - Wij lagen op een strand bed te zonnen, toen ons bed begon te trillen. We dachten dat iemand aan ons bed trok, maar toen hadden we in de gaten dat het onder ons was en dat de grond schudde.
  • Panormos Hôtel Creta Marine - Mon épouse était allongée sur un transat au bord de la piscine. Deux séries de secousses ont eu lieu pendant une dizaine de secondes. Tous les touristes ont vécu cette situation.Vaisselle et verres de l' hôtel ont été entrechoqués.J'étais dans l'eau de la piscine et je n'ai rien ressenti.A son domicile de Rethymnon , la dame qui loue les voitures a l' habitude, semble-t-il, de cette situation. Elle a eu peur pour ses poissons car l'aquarium a été sérieusement secoué.
  • Lardos, Rhodes - Quite short ( 1-2 seconds ) movement of the chair I was sitting in.
  • Agia Thekla - felt a light shake and heard a lot of dogs barking then a small bang and then silence.
  • Agia Thelka - a light shaking and a lot of dogs barking then a bang and silence .
  • Agia thekla - Stressant d'entendre l'armoire trembler avec la maison....
  • west of Chania - It started as a gentle rumble this was quickly followed by a constant rolling effect the sun umbrellas on the the beach started to sway. This effect lasted for 39 or so seconds. Then gently ceased. Adrian S Lovell
  • Kastri - Am 13.10.13 ca 15.45 lag ich am steinigen Strand und spürte eine Wellenbewegung, dachte dabei "so könnte sich ein leichtes Erdbeben anfühlen".Von dem Erdbeben am 12.10.13 hatte ich keine Ahnung.
  • Kalives - Einsturz eines Daches bei einer INKA-Filliale.
  • USGS Platanos, Greece Oct 12 13:11 6.4 36 MAP
  • Falassarna - Nous étions sur la plage de Falassarna allongés sur un transat quand nous avons senti comme une ondulation de la terre, un roulis. J'ai pu échanger quelques impressions avec mon mari, cela a donc duré quelques dizaines de secondes
  • GEOFON Crete, Greece Oct 12 13:11 6.5 36 MAP
  • kissamos - Sitting on the beach reading. Started as rumble like heavy vehicle then became strong undulation like being at sea. Very alarming experience. Got off beach and headed for higher ground! Felt a bit silly until I saw state of local supermarket
  • EMSC Crete, Greece Oct 12 01:01 2.6 2 MAP


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    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
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    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
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    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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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    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.
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    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
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    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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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).
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    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.
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    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.
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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).
    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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