Earthquake Struck Greek Island of Crete

By on Apr 2, 2011 in Current Events, Science, World Comments

An earthquake measuring 5.9, with an initial magnitude of 6.2, has struck the Greek Island of Crete as reported by several international news sites, April 1, 2011.

There were no reported casualties so far according to Crete’s police but the report is still incomplete.  The earthquake was strong by Crete’s standard earthquakes and felt across neighboring areas, but miraculously no one was reported hurt.

Greek government authorities are still investigating the effect of the earthquake in the Greek Island of Crete and places within the vicinity as to the extent of damage to property and life.

The details of the preliminary report as released by United States Geological Survey (USGS) (earthquake.usgs.gov) are as follows:

Magnitude

5.9

Date-Time

Location

35.729°N, 26.455°E

Depth

77.9 km (48.4 miles)

Region

CRETE, GREECE

Distances

127 km (78 miles) ENE of Iraklion, Crete, Greece
178 km (110 miles) WSW of Rodos, Dodecanese Islands, Greece
180 km (111 miles) SSE of Naxos, Cyclades Islands, Greece
348 km (216 miles) SE of ATHENS, Greece

Location Uncertainty

horizontal +/- 12.8 km (8.0 miles); depth +/- 7.2 km (4.5 miles)

Parameters

NST=284, Nph=288, Dmin=109.1 km, Rmss=0.84 sec, Gp= 40°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8

Source

  • USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

 

 

 

 



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