2009 Crete earthquake

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2009 Crete earthquake
UTC time ??
ISC event
Date * 1 July 2009 (2009-07-01)
Local date
Local time
Magnitude 6.4 Mw[1] 6.6 Mb[2]
Depth 19 km (11.8 mi)[1]
Epicenter 34°14′25″N 25°28′40″E / 34.24028°N 25.47778°E / 34.24028; 25.47778Coordinates: 34°14′25″N 25°28′40″E / 34.24028°N 25.47778°E / 34.24028; 25.47778
Areas affected Greece
Island of Crete
Total damage minor
Tsunami no
Casualties none reported
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The 2009 Crete earthquake occurred with a moment magnitude of 6.4 on 1 July off the southern coast of the Island of Crete, Greece, at 12:30:09 local time.[1] The shock was felt as far away as Cairo, Egypt,[3] although it was not felt in Athens.[4] The quake was felt quite sharply in Lasithi prefecture, and throughout the Heraklion Prefecture.[5] There were a number of smaller earthquakes in the region in the three days preceding the quake, and there was a very small tsunami on the south coast of Crete on the day preceding the quake.[5]

The quake occurred along the plate boundary where the African Plate is pushing north and under the Aegean Sea Plate, causing the Hellenic Trench and subduction zone.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "Latest Earthquakes - World: Magnitude 6.4 - Crete, Greece" 1 July 2009
  2. ^ "LDEO Seismology Research: Surface Wave Event Locations" 1 July 2009
  3. ^ "Strong earthquake shakes Greek island of Crete" The Sofia Echo 1 July 2009
  4. ^ "Earthquake rocks Greek Crete island" U.P.I. 1 July 2009
  5. ^ a b "Τσουνάμι έφερε προχθες ισχυρός σεισμός στην Κρήτη" ("Tsunami was the day before a strong earthquake in Crete") Iraklio Web Radio 3 July 2009, in Greek, accessed 8 July 2009
  6. ^ Meier, T et al. (2007) "A Model for the Hellenic Subduction Zone in the area of Crete based on seismological investigations" pp. 194–195 In Taymaz, Tuncay and Dilek, Yildirim (eds.) (2007) The Geodynamics of the Aegean and Anatolia Geological Society, London, pp. 183–200, ISBN 978-1-86239-239-7

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