Slightly damaging double earthquake in Greece (felt in Athens)

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Update 10:56 UTC : We have counted 56 aftershocks so far, most of them luckily impossible to feel except for the immediate epicenter area

Update 10:42 UTC : We are happy to report that we could only find slight damage due to this earthquake. The images below show this kind of damage.

Image courtesy and copyright News.gr

Image courtesy and copyright News.gr

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Image courtesy and copyright News.gr

Update 01:01 UTC : Continuing aftershocks are sending people again and again to our pages. Most of the aftershocks are now below M4. It will take us to daylight before we will be able to find out if there is material damage or not.

18/11/2014  00:53:59,   ML: 3.8
18/11/2014  00:47:49,   ML: 3.3
18/11/2014  00:35:39,   ML: 3.2
18/11/2014  00:24:23,   ML: 2.6
18/11/2014  00:18:27,   ML: 3.4
18/11/2014  00:08:22,   ML: 2.4
18/11/2014  00:04:28,   ML: 2.1
18/11/2014  00:01:00,   ML: 2.4
17/11/2014  23:40:37,   ML: 3.7
17/11/2014  23:39:24,   ML: 2.6
17/11/2014  23:33:37,   ML: 2.8
17/11/2014  23:18:46,   ML: 3.4
17/11/2014  23:13:30,   ML: 3.8
17/11/2014  23:09:04,   ML: 5.2
17/11/2014  23:05:56,   ML: 5.2

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Update 00:04 UTC : No damage reports as yet from the epicenter area. Normally it takes a couple of hours before to be trusted reports are coming in from the epicenter area.

Update 23:50 UTC : Based on the new data from the Greece Institute of Geodynamics ER expects no serious damage from this earthquake for the following reasons : a) The epicenters are located slightly off the coast b) the coastal part near the epicenters is rather unpopulated and c) the hypocenter depth was 13 km (vs 2 km initially reported by EMSC). Let's hope that we are right.

Update 23:44 UTC : The table below shows the double M5.2 earthquake (Greece seismologic agency). The stars are the epicenters of the 2 M5.2 quakes
17/11/2014  23:40:36,   ML: 3.9
17/11/2014  23:39:24,   ML: 2.5
17/11/2014  23:33:37,   ML: 2.8
17/11/2014  23:18:46,   ML: 3.4
17/11/2014  23:13:30,   ML: 3.8
17/11/2014  23:09:04,   ML: 5.2
17/11/2014  23:05:56,   ML: 5.2

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Update 23:41 UTC : Many aftershocks are reported and recorded in the epicenter area, some below the sea

Update 23:40 UTC : Reports from people who felt it are talking about 2 strong shakes

Update 23:27 UTC : Prokopion will be the location with the biggest chance on damage.

Update 23:22 UTC : The seismogram below (recorded in Naxos) shows the strength of the earthquake !

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Update 23:20 UTC : As the earthquake is extremely shallow, it will be very important whether the epicenter is below land or below the sea. If below the sea, the chance on serious damage will be limited. If below land, we expect not only damage but also injuries are possible.

Church of Saint John in Prokopion - Courtesy and copyright Gimianti

Church of Saint John in Prokopion - Courtesy and copyright Gimianti

USGS Epicenter data
7km (4mi) SW of Prokopion, Greece
30km (19mi) NNW of Chalkida, Greece
42km (26mi) NNE of Thivai, Greece
55km (34mi) ENE of Levadeia, Greece
83km (52mi) NNW of Athens, Greece

EMSC Epicenter data
78 km N of Athens, Greece / pop: 729,137 / local time: 01:05:55.4 2014-11-18
26 km NW of Chalkída, Greece / pop: 54,558 / local time: 01:05:55.4 2014-11-18
13 km SW of Prokópion, Greece / pop: 1,108 / local time: 01:05:55.4 2014-11-18

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-11-18 01:05:57

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-11-17 23:05:57

Depth (Hypocenter) : 11 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Greece Nov 17 23:40 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Nov 17 23:40 4.1 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Nov 17 23:33 2.4 9 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Nov 17 23:18 3.5 7 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Nov 17 23:13 3.8 7 MAP I Felt It
USGS Limni, Greece Nov 17 23:09 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Greece Nov 17 23:09 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Nov 17 23:09 5.3 1 MAP I Felt It
USGS Prokopion, Greece Nov 17 23:05 5.4 13 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Greece Nov 17 23:05 5.2 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kolonaki - Apartment shaking. Doors and dressers making noise. Aftershocks
  • Athens - no damage lasted 20 sec the firts series, and after 5 min lasted 15 sec, equally strong It felt very long. Strong dancing of kitchenware and plates
  • Glyfada - Glass windows shaking and car alarms going off
  • palaio faliro - my bed was shaking strongly. couldn't believe it.
  • VARI - schütteln ziemlich lange
  • Athènes - 01:15 environ du matin, deux secousses ! Des secousses plus fortes que les mois précédents sur Athènes centre. Le sol,le mobilier,les vitres tremblent. Pas de dégâts à déplorer pour le moment.
  • Athens - Two light tremors, 30 seconds apart. Chandelier moved a bit
  • Neo Iraklio - Dancing of inside lamps, walls trembling. strong sound
  • atene - Mi sono svegliata dal sonno. Il letto si muoveva forte
  • Athen - Ich bin davon aufgewacht ...das ganze Zimmer hat vibriert.
  • Athens - No damage, but when sitting down significantly felt, flower vases shaking, some lights moving. Second more powerful than first.
  • dionysos - beds shaking, noise from decorative items
  • Athens - Woke from sleep. I usually sleep through them. Shaking cupboards, rattling. Quite shocked me.
  • Nea Smyrni - Open doors swang and a my cat was worried.
  • афины - сначала затряслись стекла, затем пошли ходуном люстры, ваза с цветами на столе. сон прошел миг. это страшно.
  • Athens (Greece) - We felt it three short times, but they were pretty intense. We could hear our plates in the cabinet rattling.
  • skyros - I.o5 am going to sleep bed shaking light swinging and windows knocking ....then a few minutes later another one....
  • skyros island - werd wakker van wat geschud,lamp bewoog heen en weer
  • Athens - Awakened from sleep, felt bed shaking and heard noises, then about 30 seconds later felt the same thing: shocking!
  • Ateny - silny ból głowy(bardzo silny)2 sekundy przed trzęsieniem i duży wstrząs
  • Ateny - Obudziło mnie trzęsące się łóżko oraz szafa. Poza tym pies bardzo szczekał. Wszystko zostało na swoim miejsu. Brak zniszczeń ale bardzo nieprzyjemne uczucie!
  • Athens - There were just small inballanced items falling, as well as monitors and wooden doors trembling.
  • Athens - Bed and furniture shaking and rattling.You could hear cracking noises coming from the house structure. Nothing fell off the shelves. Short period (few seconds).
  • EMSC Greece Nov 17 23:05 5.2 1 MAP I Felt It
  • Athens - The earthquake was felt strongly, however it doesn't seem to have caused any structural or personal damage (at least on the Athens area). However, I was located on an earthquake-ready building (that can uphold until 11 on the Richter Scale with minor structural damage) so the situation on other areas (closer to the earthquake area) may have suffered some damage. The older buildings (like my personal residence) don't seem to have been affected. We'll have to wait until dawn to know for sure
  • Athens - Light vibration light fixtures shaking lasted about 30 seconds followed by another after 2 or 3 minutes
  • Artemida - Woken up to the sounds of doors,windows rattling. Felt two tremors,bed shaking
  • Volvos - Um etwa 01:10 würde ich durch das schütteln aus dem Schlaf gerissen. Etwa 5minuten später wackelte alles schon wieder für etwa 10sekunden. Danach hörte man überall Hundegebell. Gruß Harald.
  • Athens - Bed rocked to and fro. Computer desk and light fixtures swayed and vibrated. Felt extremely close!!
  • Athens - When I was in bed and I felt earthquake 2-3 times.
  • Nea Ionia - Ive ben awaken while the bed was shaking..When i realized that it was an earthquake the second shock arrived..
  • atenas - foi muito fraco acordei com a cama se movendo so isso, moveu duas vezes e parou
  • Athens - No damage to my knowledge but strongest shaking I've felt since 99
  • athens - In bed when felt quake.lots of noise and rattles in apartment. Then second one minutes later.felt much stronger.family a little worried. No damage.
  • Chalkida - Quite strong shaking just after 1am. Two further, shorter episodes of weaker shaking followed.
  • Athens - Was woken up by slight noise as 1.05pm lovaal time) and was wondering what it was. Then at 1.10am, I felt the ground shake for a few seconds. Thankfully the children didn't wake up. Nothing fell and there was no damage in or outside the house.
  • Glyfada - dogs barking, alarms going off, bed shaking and window frames, felt many after shocks right up until 3am (EST) Scary horrible feeling of helplessness just waiting for the big bang!
  • Limni Evia - Woken 1.04 a.m. local time by very strong shake, house felt as though it was rocking in all directions, followed by another shortly after, very frightening. Rumbling sounds. Aftershocks have continued all night and all day.

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