Damaging earthquake in Greece / Turkey (Aegean Sea) - at least 324 injured + a lot of damage

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Update May 28 : New numbers we could find by compiling different sources : Injured : 324 -299 houses damaged in Turkey, 133 severe ; 11houses collapsed in Greece, 13  and a few schools damaged We could not find the number of collapsed houses in Turkey but we are sure that they had many.

Update May 25 11:44 UTC : Just in : M5.2 aftershock - felt until Istanbul, Turkey
ER expects even stronger aftershocks in the earthquake epicenter area. These aftershocks will gradually reduce in strength but can go on for weeks.
Until now, all of the strong aftershocks are located below the Sea floor but are gradually moving to the mainland (NE)

ER reader who wrote us from :
Limnos, Greece  (closest Island South-West of the epicenter) : I was waiting for a flight at Limnos airport when the earthquake struck. Very strong and violent shaking which lasted for approximately 30 - 40 seconds after an initial couple of large jolts. Ceiling tiles fell and difficult to stand up. Cracking noted around the base of the building and at the top of columns.

Update May 25 07:33 UTC : We have reports that minor damage was also inflicted in Bulgaria

Update May 25 07:13 UTC : The faith of people after an earthquake "tenting under the sky" or too dangerous to stay inside the house. The aftershocks continued all night

Twitter image courtesy @YonHaber

Twitter image courtesy @YonHaber

Update 23:02 UTC : The most official number we could find about the injured was reported by the Governor of Cannakale. He said that 278 people were injured. The vast majority of them could return home after treatment.
- 2 churches and 10 mosques have been damaged to various extend.

Update 17:01 UTC : The screenshot below shows the area where the strongest aftershocks have been located. All of them luckily below the Aegean Sea

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Update 16:38 UTC : People in the greater earthquake area will have a very uncertain night as the aftershocks are continuing. Sad to tell that 1 person passed away after a heart attack (afterwards the text on this article was removed!) . The number of injured differs following the source but will run into the hundreds. (source elazighaberi.com)

Image courtesy and copyright elazighaberi.com

Image courtesy and copyright elazighaberi.com

Update 15:29 UTC : Greece looks to be escaped at serious damage. Only 1 person (an English tourist) was injured in Lemnos. A shelter at the Lemnos airport collapsed. Many abandoned houses and a church was damaged too. The damage in Turkey is far bigger than in Greece.

Update 14:10 UTC : For those among our readers living in Istanbul Turkey, let this earthquake be a reminder of what can happen in the immediate vicinity of Istanbul as today's earthquake happened on THE SAME NORTH ANATOLIAN FAULT.

Update 14:10 UTC : The outcome of wounded is increasing every hour (as expected). At this moment official numbers are mentioning 266 people injured 1 seriously (Turkey numbers). NO word yet from Greece.
Below the complex tectonic setting in the region of today's magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Greece

Understanding the May 24 Greece / Turkey M6.9 earthquake
The May 24, 2014 M 6.9 earthquake south of the island of Samothraki, Greece, occurred as the result of strike-slip faulting at shallow depths beneath the northern Aegean Sea. Preliminary faulting mechanisms for the event indicate slip occurred on either a SSE-NNW trending left-lateral fault, or on a WSW-ENE trending right lateral structure. The location of the earthquake and orientation of the WSW-ENE nodal plane are consistent with right-lateral faulting within the North Aegean Trough. Right-lateral strike-slip faults within this trough (also called the Saros Trough at its eastern extent) and the surrounding region accommodate the westward motion of Turkey and associated southwestward motion of the Aegean region with respect to Eurasia. Faults within the North Aegean Trough represent the northern branch of the North Anatolian fault system, the major transform faulting structure in northern Turkey accommodating the westward motion of the Anatolian microplate with respect to Eurasia, at a rate of approximately 25 mm/yr.
The northern Aegean Sea hosts fairly frequent moderate-to-large earthquakes; there have been 21 events of M 6 or greater within 250 km of the May 24, 2014 earthquake since the beginning of the 20th century.  Several of these are located along the trend of the North Aegean Trough, including M 6.6 and 6.7 earthquakes in January 1982 and August 1983, approximately 65 and 100 km to the southwest of the May 24 2014 event, respectively, and an M 6.7 earthquake in March 1975, 55 km to the northeast. The largest nearby earthquake was an M 7.6 event in August 1912 near the western end of the Sea of Marmara, 135 km east-northeast of the May 24, 2014 earthquake. The 1912 event is thought to have caused approximately 200 fatalities. (source USGS)

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Image courtesy Dr. Stephen Hicks

Update 13:12 UTC : The tremors from this earthquake were felt as far as Israel!. Israel had thus a very busy earthquake day with another earthquake they have felt in the Dead Sea area

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Update 13:03 UTC : In the meantime we have noticed a lot of aftershocks, some of them moderate to strong.

Update 12:43 UTC : The Governor of Canakkale has reported that at least 105 people have been treated for various injuries. Based on our experience, this number will be likely increasing further.  Below a shaking video recorded in Canakkale, Turkey. The shaking seems to have been fierce but (luckily) did not last long.
Link to another video showing Turkey Damage (Turkish spoken)

Update 12:36 UTC : Dogan news agency said the temblor caused damage to some old houses on the island of Gokceada, off Turkey's northern Aegean coast, and 30 people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Update 12:26 UTC : Seismologist Dr. Stephen Hicks reports on Twitter account that this earthquake occurred  along the westernmost strand of the Northern Anatolian Fault system. Today's earthquake looks to be the largest recorded in this part of the fault since detailed records are available (1970)

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Update 11:33 UTC : HUGE PANIC while the shaking started in Canakkale Turkey - Check this Hurryet video to see what happened or click on the ilage below (screenshot Video)

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Update 11:26 UTC : Only sparse messages coming out. So far only damage reported in Greece on abandoned structures : houses.

Update 10:49 UTC : First damage picture from Canakkale Turkey were a number of walls have collapsed

Twitter image @twitersor

Twitter image @twitersor

Update 10:43 UTC : A first (unconfirmed) report from SAMOTHRAKI says that an old temple was demolished (hthey also said that he was already in bad shape). No word of other damage or injuries yet but this will follow of course.

Update 10:38 UTC : Deteriorating data for the epicenter area. USGS has now reported new recalculated data mentioning a much higher Magnitude of M6.9 (vs 6.4 before). Depth is set at 10 km (unsure value). Compare the coloring of the map with the map below = much more shaking expected at the nearby Turkish coast.

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Update 10:21 UTC : The current aftershocks are striking very close to the Turkey Canakkale coast

Update 10:17 UTC : Still NO reports from the closest islands. Below the Geofon seismogram recorded at Zakros, Crete

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Update 10:03 UTC : Below the theoretical intensity shaking data as expected by USGS. We keep our estimate that the island of SAMOTHRAKI is at very high risk for serious damage. Good thing is that the structures on the island are seemingly all 1 storey houses.

Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 11.58.20 Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 11.58.30Update 09:59 UTC : The island of SAMOTHRAKI is most at risk due to expected very strong shaking

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SAMOTHRAKI - Kamariotissa Courtesy and Copyright: Kostas G. Rarakos

Update 09:52 UTC : The Geofon preliminary focal mechanism of this earthquake looks very bad as it shows a strike-slip type earthquake with a mainly horizontal movement.

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Update 09:50 UTC : This earthquake was also felt in neighboring countries like Bulgaria and Romania

Update 09:49 UTC : The first aftershocks are already raging in the epicentral area. Some stronger than M5!

Update 09:43 UTC : Shaking map below shows strong to very strong shaking on the Greek Islands - Damage may at least be expected on these islands

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Update : Preliminary data are showing M6.4 at a shallow depth of 6.4 km. Hard to say whether strong waves will be generated because we have no Focal Mechanism yet.

ER calls this earthquake VERY DANGEROUS for the nearby Greece islands and the Turkish coast like Cannakale

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18km (11mi) S of Kamariotissa, Greece
69km (43mi) SSW of Alexandroupolis, Greece
78km (48mi) ESE of Potos (Thassos), Greece
83km (52mi) WNW of Canakkale, Turkey
299km (186mi) NNE of Athens, Greece

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-05-24 12:25:01

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-05-24 09:25:01

Depth (Hypocenter) : 27 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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EMSC Western Turkey May 24 23:58 2.7 10 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 23:34 2.6 10 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 23:24 3.8 10 MAP
GEOFON Aegean Sea May 24 23:24 3.8 10 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 23:00 4.2 2 MAP
GEOFON Aegean Sea May 24 23:00 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 22:02 2.6 8 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 22:00 2.8 11 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 21:26 2.9 15 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 21:04 2.5 10 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 21:02 2.7 12 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 20:58 2.5 8 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 20:28 3.6 6 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 20:25 3.1 5 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 20:05 3.1 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 19:46 2.7 2 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 19:39 2.5 5 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 19:31 2.9 13 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 19:08 2.5 7 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 18:51 2.6 2 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 18:27 3.2 5 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 18:26 2.5 7 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 18:24 2.7 5 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 18:22 2.8 10 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 18:16 2.7 8 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 18:09 3.3 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 18:07 2.7 9 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 17:59 2.9 5 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 17:56 2.7 7 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 17:50 2.7 8 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 17:48 2.6 10 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 17:31 2.7 5 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 17:19 2.5 5 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 17:07 3.0 8 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 16:46 2.9 10 MAP
GEOFON Aegean Sea May 24 16:34 4.4 10 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 16:34 4.0 5 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 16:26 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 16:18 2.8 9 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 16:16 2.7 10 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 16:12 3.2 12 MAP
GEOFON Turkey May 24 16:09 4.1 10 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 16:09 3.8 10 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 16:02 2.8 10 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 15:53 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 15:49 2.7 10 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 15:38 3.2 8 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 15:20 2.8 2 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 15:10 3.3 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 15:05 3.1 6 MAP
GEOFON Turkey May 24 15:01 4.3 10 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 15:01 4.2 10 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 14:59 2.7 11 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 14:53 2.7 14 MAP
GEOFON Aegean Sea May 24 14:49 4.5 10 MAP
USGS Gokceada, Turkey May 24 14:49 4.8 10 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 14:49 4.6 2 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 14:47 2.5 7 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 14:27 2.7 8 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 14:23 3.1 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 14:16 2.8 6 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 14:04 2.6 20 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 13:58 2.5 7 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 13:54 2.8 10 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 13:48 3.4 5 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 13:45 2.8 5 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 13:43 2.5 2 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 13:36 3.4 5 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 13:31 2.7 10 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 13:26 2.5 7 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 13:24 2.5 5 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 13:22 2.6 7 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 13:17 3.5 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 13:07 3.1 5 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 13:05 3.1 8 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 12:53 2.6 7 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 12:51 3.0 9 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 12:50 2.9 2 MAP
EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 12:46 4.2 10 MAP
GEOFON Aegean Sea May 24 12:46 4.3 10 MAP
EMSC Western Turkey May 24 12:41 3.1 7 MAP
  • Istanbul - je mangeais et tout s'est mis à bouger autour de moi pendant environ 20 secondes
  • EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 12:33 3.1 2 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 12:30 3.6 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 12:20 3.0 4 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 12:17 3.1 8 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 12:00 3.5 12 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 11:56 3.0 11 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 11:52 2.5 7 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 11:50 2.9 8 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 11:47 2.6 2 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 11:36 2.8 7 MAP
    USGS Kamariotissa, Greece May 24 11:33 4.5 10 MAP
    GEOFON Aegean Sea May 24 11:33 4.6 10 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 11:33 4.6 10 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 11:28 3.4 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Western Turkey May 24 11:24 3.1 7 MAP
    EMSC Western Turkey May 24 11:21 2.6 9 MAP
    EMSC Western Turkey May 24 11:18 3.8 2 MAP
    EMSC Western Turkey May 24 11:17 3.3 7 MAP
    EMSC Western Turkey May 24 11:09 2.9 11 MAP
    EMSC Western Turkey May 24 10:59 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 10:55 3.0 7 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 10:50 3.4 5 MAP
    EMSC Western Turkey May 24 10:45 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 10:39 2.9 10 MAP
    EMSC Western Turkey May 24 10:31 3.3 7 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 10:23 3.1 5 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 10:18 3.4 9 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 10:15 2.8 7 MAP
    GEOFON Turkey May 24 10:11 4.6 10 MAP
    EMSC Western Turkey May 24 10:11 4.6 8 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 10:05 3.5 8 MAP
    EMSC Western Turkey May 24 09:55 3.6 2 MAP
    GEOFON Turkey May 24 09:55 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Gallipoli - Tour bus started to rock violently to and fro for many seconds wife outside had to hold on to bus door as it occurred to stop falling over
  • EMSC Western Turkey May 24 09:42 3.4 7 MAP
    EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 09:40 3.6 2 MAP
    USGS Kamariotissa, Greece May 24 09:25 6.9 10 MAP
  • Bursa - Hiçbir zarar yok sadece hafif bir sarsıntı
  • Istambul - la table et les chaises se sont mis a trembler environ 15 secondes
  • Skiathos - I felt it strong. Also next one now at 12.28 pm. Strong shaking.
  • bursa - No damage. It was nearly 5-10 seconds and ceiling moved back and forth.
  • istanbul sisli - around 12:30 (local time) we feel it around (40-45 seconds) we are leaving in nisantasi on (5Th floor) the building is around (40 years old) But no damages or cracks anywhere.
  • istanbul/avcılar - no any damage but we felt modarete shaking in 3th flat apartment
  • Thessaloniki - Light shaking but long duration, more than 10 sec
  • istanbul - it lasted too long
  • Istanbul - No damage
  • Стамбул - Ущерба нет
  • Potos thassos - Beach bars experienced minor damages (bottles smashing) buildings shook violently
  • athens - about 12.28, shook slightly for about a minute...fan, monitor, lights rocking
  • Istanbul - It felt like I was on a boat in the water for a second or two. Gentle rocking. I looked up to see the hanging lights in the cafe swinging.
  • Istanbul - It took a few seconds to realize I was experiencing an earthquake, because I was sitting in a rocking chair. Then I realized I was rocking sideways. Our lights were shaking. Our whole family got on the floor and covered. Thankful we are not closer to the epicenter.
  • istanbul - Deep swaying action, we are on 11th floor which amplified effect.
  • Tekirdag - No damage was sustained , crack some areas of ceiling and walls. building shook and cracked for maybe 10-20 seconds.
  • Izmir - Last about 30 secs. No damage.
  • Istanbul - I was on 6th floor. Lasted approx 1 min. Shaking curtains (only thing hanging).
  • Istanbul - The cupboard shook lightly. We could hear the furniture shake
  • Istanbul - Another usual earthquake.
  • Istanbul - Lamps were swinging and some shaking felt. Lasted quoted long, about 20 seconds or so.
  • istanbul - lasted too long in Kadikoy
  • Istanbul - Smooth movement back and forth, like being on a boat at sea. Hanging lamp swayed. No other effects. It lasted for a number of seconds. I was on the 8th floor of a 9-floor building.
  • Istanbul - In the main departure terminal at Ataturk airport. Airport shook side to side for some 15 seconds, no damage but felt like being on water for a short period
  • Drama - No damages known at this time
  • Eskisehir - Las lamparas se movian y el suelo vibraba.
  • Ankara - it was very weak at ankara, but i still felt it.
  • ADAMAS - Although I did not actually feel nor hear this earthquake, at approx 12.28 I was working at my computer and saw the heavy ceiling light (luckily not above my head) swinging slowly in a huge arc and for quite a long time.
  • Istambul - I was inmy hotel room preparing to go out and suddenly the bed, tables and windows and tge walls started shaking badly cor atleast 3-4 mimhtes .i called the hotel representation.He said its Ok don worry...but im still worried .im T the ninth floor
  • Istanbul Anatolian Side - no damage, it was nearly 20 second
  • Istanbul - I am in the 26th floor of a building and felt a weak shaking. I have no knowledge of any damage caused by this earthquake.
  • Istanbul - I feel it
  • Neos Marmaras - We were shaken back and forth sitting on our chairs
  • Serrai Nord Griechenland - keine Eigentum beschaedigt
  • Istanbul - felt table and chairs shaking, kitchen wares shaking with sound for few seconds for 2 times. no damage caused to property
  • Bursa - WTF! Thought I was going to die! Whole building was swaying, rumbling noise, really crazy!
  • plomari - No property damage yet the usual feeling of dizziness.
  • Thessaloniki - The first earthquake I have felt. Lasted a bit. Car alarms etc. went off.
  • Istanbul - The bed was shaking slightly. The lamp hanging from the ceiling was swaying. No damage.
  • Istanbul - I doubt I would have felt it had I not been lying down. No apparent damage.
  • Istanbul - No damage I heard so far.
  • Sani - I was in the bathroom. The building was dhaking lightly. The mirror on the wall wa bouncing
  • Istanbul - No damage. Strange and kind of nice feeling. It was saying I am here but I will not hurt you this time
  • Istanbul - Just swinging of lamps.
  • Thassos - Lasted about 15 seconds slight aftershock felt a short while afterwards
  • Istanbul - First floor, weak shaking, duration 15 seconds or so... People in higher buildings felt more shaking...
  • Siviri - Meine Strandliege schaukelte u mir war klar, das war ein Beben ...
  • Thesselanoki (Selanik) - I felt the earthquake strongly. The table I am using during the meeting was shaked and I left the meeting room immediately.
  • Bursa - Rien a signaler
  • Istanbul - it felt awful.
  • Orestiada, Evros - Strong shaking, long duration 30-40sec, a lot of falling objects in the house
  • BURSA - Pas de degats
  • BURSA - W czasie lunchu na stolowce wszytsko zaczelo lekko drgac na jakies 15-20 sekund.
  • Istanbul - Lamps swaying and floor bouncing
  • Стамбул - нет мобильной связи
  • istanbul - shaken for 10 seconds
  • Ксанти - Всё довольно сильно тряслось. Ощущение страха. Продолжалось около минуты. По окончании люди вышли на улицы.
  • Bostanci - Felt a strong tremor. 15 seconds.
  • Tekirdag - My coffee spilled, and water sloshed out of the pool. I was scared!
  • Altinova/yalova - It was taken aprox 1 min. But i felt like on a boat. very strange that was. Everyone run out from the building
  • izmir - keine schäden
  • Istanbul - i have felt it
  • Izmir - 15th floor swayed nicely like a rocking chair. No damage.
  • Izmir - keine schäden
  • Istanbul Beykoz - fazla bişey yok sarsıntın 10.15 sn
  • istanbul - I was home and everything start shaking lightly.. we all get out of the bulding.
  • istanbul - was nearly 10 seconds, apartment shaked lightly
  • Dorf - Es war mehr ein Wanken als ein Schütteln und hat bei mir und manchen Nachbarn Schwindel und Übelkeit hervorgerufen.
  • Istanbul - The light fixtures were shaking lightly and the room shook a little
  • Istanbul - I was peeing when the earthquake happened and I sprayed the whole toilet. My mom is gonna kill me... she just cleaned it a moment ago!
  • Istanbul - Slight shaking, rattled lights and chandeliers, for about 10-15 seconds
  • Измир - Мы живем на 11 этаже мы почувствовали сильный толчек после чего дом начал шататься и скрипеть секунд через 30 еще толчек и все затихло. Ужасные ощущения.
  • Измир - Мы живем на 11 этаже мы почувствовали сильный толчек после чего дом начал шататься и скрипеть секунд через 30 еще толчек и все затихло. Ужасные ощущения.
  • Стамбул - Ничего не случилось. Просто вышли на улицу и состояли пару минут
  • Istanbul - No damage - 40- 50 seconds duration, living at the 5th floor.
  • Istanbul - J'ai senti le bâtiment à Istanbul trembler pendant 30 seconde et un verre est tombé et c'est brisé
  • Aliaga - No damagges - around 5 sec. - felt a bit dizzy when quaking
  • Izmir - No damage. On the 4th floor of a hospital. Building physically rocked for a minute.
  • Istambul - Sın daños, leve oscilación y sensación de mareo en el segundo piso de unas oficinas con estructura metálica, como si el viento pudiera agitar levemente la construcción,
  • Ezenyurt - very scared, i want to go home
  • Istanbul - Felt hotel wall shaking on 18th floor; drapes and window shades could be seen visibly moving slightly. Duration about 10 seconds at approx 12:20--12:25
  • Istanbul - I was sitting in my bedroom, and started to feel strange, then my armoire started to shake. I was confused at first, then realized it must be an earthquake. It stopped shortly after, and nothing was damaged.
  • Istanbul - I was sitting at the dining table when suddenly my chair started shaking as if it was going to collapse. I didn't understand what was happening, then I realized the floor was shaking as well, and there's a water tank in the kitchen where the contests were splashing around inside. Nothing was damaged, lasted less than a minute. It was interesting experience!
  • Foça - it had weird shaking. like a shock, no shake for 0.3 seconds and then another shake. no damage, lasted like 10 secs
  • Bursa - Ya çok kötüydü hafifti ama korkutucuyduu :
  • edirne - (I live on the top floor of a 7 floor apartment. Shaking lasted about 30 seconds. I grabbed some stuff and escaped outside, like most people. Very scary. No after-shocks, thank goodness.
  • Canakkale - I felt shaking and thought it was due to construction on the building next door. As it intensified, I could see my apartment building shaking. I ran outside, and it was over a few seconds later.
  • стамбул - чувствавали секунд 20 выбежали на улицу.у меня это впервые очеь испугалась
  • Manisa - Tremor não muito forte, duração de um ou dois minutos,nenhum dano.
  • Istambul - eu vi tremer o armário e a cama do meu hotel, durou uns 20 segundos, não houve danos.
  • Istanbul - I was sitting down and felt the couch and objects on the table moving. I stood up and stood in the doorway for a while during the intense shaking and swaying back and forth. I then ran out of my 1st floor building into the street for safety. It was felt very strong and long about 40 seconds.
  • Istanbul - j'étais couchée et j'ai eu la sensation que je roulais vers la droite
  • Turgutreis - For a few seconds the earth moved!
  • Bayrampasa - Pas de dommage , j'ai juste sentie bouger très légèrement
  • Ankara - Avizeler sallandı, net şekilde hissettik
  • Istambul - Ocen silno ispugalas… jivu v 4-h etajnom doma na 3 etaje… dom tryaslo tak silno 4to y rasteryalas… prosto zamerla na odnom meste i ne znala kak bit… pervim delom pobejala za telefonom… srocno pozvonit blizkim… bistro sobrala dokumenti i dragocennosti… no slava Allahu povtora ne bilo
  • Istanbul - Floor was moving slightly for 15 seconds and after 3 minutes for another 5 seconds, both times imparting a feeling of instability. After the first tremor the suspended lamps and signs were still moving for some time.
  • Eskişehir - bed was vibrating/shaking
  • Izmir - Ich Sass im Auto zu der Zeit, die strasse hat gewackelt so, dass das Auto seitlich auf die Reifen schwankte, wenn es auf eine Brücke gewsen wäre hätte ich es nichts besonders empfunden. dsie Dauer war etwa 5-6 Sec.
  • çorlu - There was no such damage. it shook a bit. It was a small 4.9 aftershock
  • Istanbul - Bed was shaking and waked us at 12.00 pm
  • Ayvalik Turkey - Was on a beachchair. Horizontale schaking for approx.30 seconds. felt by nearly everyone, nut no damage done
  • Tekirdag - I think this is the one I felt on Sunday, but I didn't have a watch. I was sure it was closer to 4 pm. Anyway, just a small sway, but enough to scare me considering what I felt on Saturday!
  • Istanbul - Low frequency vibration with a period of about a quarter of second
  • Akoumia - table and ground shook
  • Aghios Nikolaos Creta - faible secousse durée environ 4 a 5 secondes
  • Rethymnon - Grond ging heen en weer was wel licht.
  • Thassos - Lying at the beach I felt the shaking for about 20 seconds. Very strange.
  • GEOFON Aegean Sea May 24 09:25 6.8 10 MAP
  • Sofia - moderate
  • Bucarest - le batiment a vascillé a plusieurs reprises pendant 1 minute
  • Bucharest - slight shaking, the suspended light fixture was swinging around, but my building is quite strong so no damages.
  • Sofia - Furniture shaking
  • Sofia - i feel the earthquake, but no damages...
  • Izgrev - On 6th floor apartment ... building swayed and moved quite significantly lights swaying ... quite scary ... new to Sofia have never felt this before ... no damage visible ...
  • Sofia - no damage that I can see but a six floor appartment building shook for 20 seconds
  • Sofia - Light to moderate shaking for about 30-40 seconds. Car alarms went off and the lamps in my ceileing started to move a little bit. Could clearly feel it. No damage as far as I can see.
  • Sofia - Approx. 20-30 seconds horizontal, felt dizzy.
  • Karlovo - In Karlovo, central Bulgaria, only felt it slightly, but my first in 8 years here!
  • Sofia - I was in my office at work on the 6th floor when I felt a little bit of shaking. All the tvs and monitors around me including the water cooler began to shake. It lasted about a minute or so and then was over
  • nis - je viens de sentir un tremblement de terre , en plus sa as duree plus 30 sec je suis a nis republique serbe 140 km de sofia capitale bulgare
  • Sofia - Slight, prolonged, horizontal shaking. Lasted about 3-4 min, with the aftershocks.
  • Sofia - Plants and lamps were strongly shaking.
  • Veliko Tarnovo - Kronleuchter pendeln ...leichtes schütteln
  • Plovdm - Moderate shaking, but strong enough for people to leave their flats and gather outside.
  • Sofia - It was more than 30 seconds, shake chears on 4-th floor.
  • Sofia - 12.25h (cet +2), Sofia,Bulgaria. It felt as if it's M was 4 or 5. No damages. Duration was approx. 4-5 sec.
  • Bucharest - Light and slow shaking
  • Sofia - It felt like somebody was shaking my chair
  • Sofia - Moderate earthquake unofficial reports state somewhere around 5.8
  • Sofia - Long waves of distubance
  • Sofia - No property damaged, just pictures dancing on the walls, and queazy feeling in my stomach. I live on a 1st floor.
  • Razdel 8747 - Entire building shook, roof timbers creaked, liquids formed waves, Local Facebook forum went wild with posts about the quake 🙂
  • sofia - Shaking about 2-3 minutes in Sofia, Bulgaria!
  • Nis - Earth-quick, building shaked 30-40 sec from south-east to north west, and than 30-40 sec more in different direction.
  • Sofia - light to moderate shaking, hanging lamps swinging
  • Razdel - No damage
  • skopje - horizontal displacement
  • Sofia - Long shaking
  • Bucharest - I felt it.
  • Bucharest - i got really scared
  • Bucharest - I felt it really bad for about 1,5-2 minute
  • Yambol - Felt a noticeable shaking I live on the 2nd floor of a 8-story apartment building, I generally don't feel most earthquakes (have been around or under 4 on the Richter scale)
  • Burgas - TV reports 5.8, funny: dog didn't react at all
  • Veliko Tarnovo - Desk moved slightly with a regular shake for 10 secs maybe max.
  • Kirkovo - even and fairly strong shaking for 20+ seconds, no damage visible but lots of people out on the streets
  • Bucharest - Lamps shaking.
  • Sofia - I was working on my laptop when I felt and saw everything shaking, in the beginning I thought it must have been me, but it just went on and on and on, so I got up grabbed my wallet, phone and laptop and ran outside. It really felt like the whole floor was going left and right, then left and right. And kept going, it felt like I was sinking in water, crazy. WOW
  • Sofia - Definitely felt it, not very strong but still..
  • Bucharest - It was 12:27 and I was sitting at my desk and saw everything move - desk, curtains, plants. I live on the 9th floor. Lasted about 30-40 sec.
  • Sofia - I live on the 8th floor of a 22 floors building. There is no visible damage to my property. Lamps were swinging, the doors and the windows rattled.
  • Bucharest - scarry one
  • Bucharest - Felt dizzy and ling obe,
  • Bucharest - I felt it like a slightly penduling motion. Im living on 5-th floor.
  • sofia - Плыла кровать, шаталась люстра
  • Bucharest - My property hasn't been damaged and I have no knowledge of any damage caused by this earthquake in Bucharest.
  • sofia - About a minute of shaking with 1 aftershock
  • Yambol - Windows started to squeeze and all the furniture...it was very scary!
  • Blagoevgrad - Not sure how to rate it, felt swaying/shaking of the chair and then the apartment.
  • Bucjarest - weak but felted
  • Sofia - Lasted about 30 sec. Wardrobe door swung open, the whole flat (6th floor) shook a bit. It seemed to be horizontal only.
  • Sofia - It was a moderate shaking for 40-50 seconds.
  • Cофия - Плыла кровать, шаталась люстра
  • Bucharest - I recognized immediately what was :S I hope is passed now!
  • Bucharest - About 5 minutes lamp oscillated. Sensation of dizziness during 1 minute about. No damages.
  • Resen - I was on 4th floor. Lasted approx 15 sec. Shaking curtains lamps
  • Sofia - No damage, but it felt like a long one.
  • Sofia - wake me up. horizontal, doors, lamps shaking, more than 20 seconds. 5 floor.
  • Plovdiv - I live on the 9th floor, and its only the second earthquake i felt, but this one scare the sh*t of me. I'm surprised there is no damage.
  • Bucharest - Swaying building, doors window blinds and light fittings dog up and alarmed
  • Бургас - небольшие горизонтальные колебания около 12:30 по местному времени в течение 20-30 секунд
  • Burgas - When I smoke cigaretes on the somking point I feel like in my head is shaking
  • Yambol - Half a minute horizontal shaking, very noticable on the 5th floor. No damages (25 yo building). The last earthquake as strong was 20 years ago or so.
  • Bucharest - 7th floor central Bucharest area. Felt 30-40 seconds in the S of Romania, lite shaking.
  • Plovidv - No Damage, Furniture Shaking
  • Sofia - the whole building shaked for appr. 40 sek
  • Bucharest - I was in front of my pc. I felt my head wobelling, i thought i was just dizzy, but it was this earthquaqe.
  • Sofia - No damage
  • Pilitov - Was inside the car and car started rocking from side to side. It last approx 1 mon.
  • Sofia - I was woken up by the shaking and I could feel the house rocking. No damage was done to my or any other property to my knowledge.
  • Bucharest - I felt it
  • Bucuresti - There was no damage that I know of
  • Lesovo - no property damage, only shaking, no noise,
  • Sofia - felt a moderate shaking somewhere around 12.30. On the 8th floor it was feeling like the whole building was shaking. In the beginning I was thinking that it was just my office chair.. seconds later I was wondering how strong it's going to be. In the end everything is fine, nothing even fell on the ground
  • Nis - I was on 18th floor in Nis, Serbia. The building where I live shacked more then 1 minute.
  • Plovdiv - It was quite the shake here on the 9th floor for a good 30-40 seconds, but nothing's damaged.
  • Елените - Слегка закачалась кровать..дверь и ключи в дверях!
  • Sofia-Kazichene - Die Gardienen begannen zu wackeln. Erst hatte ich das Gefühl mir wird Schwindelig. Dann merkte ich ein Schwanken im Haus. Es dauerte etwa 3-5 Minuten.
  • Sofia - scuotimento moderato ma lungo nel tempo. Non so di danni
  • Bucharest - No damage. Mostly horizontal movement. Felt like being dizzy in slow motion.
  • Bucharest - I felt it for over 1 minute, on the 11th floor. Glassware, crockery rattled, paintings on the walls we swinging and changed their position, open doors were swinging, and ceiling lamps were swinging for over 2 minutes.
  • bucharest - orizontal shaking of the bed, 10 seconds
  • Bucharest - 4th floor, 3 slight waves in some 15 seconds
  • Sofia - Gave me the fright of my live. No damage.
  • Sofia - 12.28 - Light waving for more than 40 secs! Like being on a boat. No damages bus lamps, furniture and curtains boucing
  • Kardzhali - No damage to the properties. The house together with furniture shook badly. Lamps swayed from left to right. Lasted for about a minute. Felt dizzy aftershock.
  • Nedyalsko - Ceiling light swinging & cracks in concrete path outside, felt the house move.
  • Paracin - Lamps were swinging.
  • Skopje - Geen schade bekend. Voelde als horizontale golfbeweging. Bevond me op de 11e verdieping (is hoogste verdieping)
  • Bucharest, Romania - 2nd floor, long, horizontal movement, first I thought I had a fainting spell, got really dizzy - after seeing some things moving I finally got what it was :). Dogs in the neighborhood barked a lot afterwards
  • Ravnets Burgas - Felt like my house was riding a sea swell and light shaking of crockery etc. lasted a about 5 + minutes. No damage
  • Sofia - is there a possibility for tsunami in Aegean sea
  • Burgas - Felt like my house was on a sea swell with rattling or cutlery and crockery . Lasted a good 5 minutes . No damage.
  • Plovdiv - On the 4th floor was shaking very strong.. chandeliers were swaying from one to another end. In the meantime I heard a window fell outside somewhere. Scary...
  • Sofia - Very long and strong shaking here.
  • Stara Zagora - Things on my desk were shaking while i was working on my laptop. Nothing broken though.
  • Sofia - Getting into the car I felt like dizzy then notice the car shook a bit. Later got to know it was an earthquake not low blood pressure! No damages reported!
  • Burgas - Approx. 40 seconds of smooth horizontal shaking, the feeling was as if you are on a boat. Felt just one shake. No damage.
  • Stara Zagora - It was strong and lasted about 1 min. Nothing is damaged.
  • Lukovit - I was working on my laptop and suddenly I saw my legs trembling. I thought something was wrong with me. Suddenly my family started shouting "Earthquake" and since the beginning until it stopped it was quite a long time...Since I am in North Bulgaria it must have been a big one!
  • Plovdiv - For about a minute, everything was shaking. I was on 7th floor. Food falling of the table
  • Bucharest - Long sway, hanging objects kept swinging for several minutes. Felt like vertigo. No damage that I know of.
  • Pernik - Having lunch on a restaurant terrace outside. Everyone felt the lateral shaking. Probably lasted between 30 seconds and a minute. No damage.
  • Stara Zagora, Near Gurkovo - Was at the laptop typing. Suddenly the screen started swaying, the room seemed to be moving. The door shook quite violently. I thought I was having a heart attack or a stroke; my husband, in the toilet at the time, felt the same.
  • Békéscsaba - 2014.05.24-én helyi idő szerint kb. 11 óra 30-kor a csillárok kb. 2 cm-t kilengtek, ülés közben kisebb lökés volt érezhető.
  • Sofia - no damages
  • Bucharest - felt like a wave was going through
  • Sofia - 15th floor, felt it for about a minute, lamps were shaking, really awful
  • Pomorie - Leichtes schütteln, Häuser im Centrum der Altstadt mit Beschädigungen.
  • Montana - Keine Schaden. Die Pflanzen auf dem 5. Stock wackelten.
  • Солнечный берег - Загорал у бассейна на лежаке. Ощутил вибрацию от прохождения волны.
  • Stara Zagora - Unpleasant feeling as a shaking on a plane; All window panes and lamps were moving as pendulums,at my apartment(9th floor);
  • Simitli - very long earthquake
  • Pleven - No damage. lasted about 15 - 20 secs.
  • Bucharest - lying in bed, felt a few gentle sways, quite widely spaced between. hanging light was moving, as well as clothes on the drying line. I live on the 6th floor of a block of flats. one other person in the household did not feel anything.
  • Sofia - At the top floor of the building (7th) everything was moving, objects like paintings on the wall and mirrors were shaking heavily, no damages though. It lasted for around 1 minute, some people left the building immediately, but it could be felt by anyone since the building was shaking pretty intensively.
  • Sofia - It wasn't really shaking, but the garden we were sitting in swung heavily like a boat for about two minutes. We felt dizzy. City animals and my dog were unimpressed.
  • Sofia - no damage.But highly unwell.
  • EMSC Aegean Sea May 24 09:25 6.9 27 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Athens - One hour ago I was asleep. I have been awaken by the shaking although not strong I had no doubt a earthquake occurred (normalky I would do). The la.oshade was shaking very slightly,
  • Alexandroupolis - Slight damage
  • Thasos - Hatt halt eben alles gewackelt ... keine sichrbaren schäden zu sehen . da nicht weiter interesiert 🙂 Happy Holiday 😉
  • Messimeri, Thessaloniki - While sitting down in a couch and drinking coffee, I felt the house shaking sideways. There were several after-shocks; at least 3 times I felt the earthquake under my feet. I think that it lasted at least 30 seconds. No injuries or damage done where I was staying.
  • Alexandroupolis - No damage, lasted more than normal, 20-30 seconds.
  • Limenaria - No property damaged has far as i know
  • Skala Potamia - the earth was shaking building were moving things were coming off shavls
  • Thessaloniki - Appartement trilde. Kast schudde heen en weer. Lampen bewogen. Zijn toen toch maar gauw naar buiten gegaan. De grieken buiten leken het wat lichter op te pakken.
  • Thessaloniki - Table was shaking
  • Sigri - Voelde circa 20 seconden grond schudden. Geen schade .Realiseerde wel direct een aardbeving.
  • Thassos - Sat on beach. Shaking weht on for 30 seconds or so.
  • Athens - 6th floor apartment, felt like the rumbling of a huge truck driving by and went on for several seconds.
  • Kavala - The EQ lasted 25 seconds w/at least one audible aftershock. I was on the groundfloor and felt only moderate shaking, but those on the top floors (5th & 6th) felt strong shaking!
  • Limnos - I was waiting for a flight at Limnos airport when the earthquake struck. Very strong and violent shaking which lasted for approximately 30 - 40 seconds after an initial couple of large jolts. Ceiling tiles fell and difficult to stand up. Cracking noted around the base of the building and at the top of columns.
  • Makrigialos - I felt a trembling and shaking of the house while I was in the house, it lasted for 2-3 seconds. Nothing was damaged.
  • Makrigialos - I felt vibration and light shaking while I was in the house, I saw part of the kitchen moving,I heard a sound of glasses touching other glasses,it lasted for 2-3 seconds. Nothing was damaged.
  • Agios Sostis - Rattled the crockery in the restaurant kitchen and heard/felt a rumble like an aeroplane during take-off.
  • Kipos - Ik begrijp niet dat er op het eiland Samothraki nagenoeg geen schade is, terwijl er in Turkije veel schade is en een behoorlijk aantal gewonden. ER: Dat moet door wetenschappers onderzocht worden. Onze mening - Het Griekse eiland behoort tot de Eurasia plaat die in feite vrij stabiel is. Het andere gedeelte (Turkije) is doorgeschoten




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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) ?
    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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