Preliminary report on the earthquake environmental effects triggered by the Cephalonia quakes

A team of geologists mapped the earthquake environmental effects (EEEs) of the two M6+ events that occurred at the Greek Island of Cephalonia on 26 January and 3 February, 2014. G. Papathanassiou, A. Ganas, S. Valkaniotis, M. Papanikolaou and S. Pavlides participated in these field campaigns. George Papathanassiou sent me the preliminary report today. The team found widespread evidence for “liquefaction, road-fill failures, rock falls, small landslides and stonewall failures“. Based on their findings, they ascribe a maximum intensity of VII (ESI-2007) in the epicentral area and up to intensity V else for both events.

A landslide near Soullari. Image courtesy of G. Papathanassiou.

Download the report here (PDF, 2.3 mb).

For mapping the EEEs, the team used the Earthquake Geosurvey App, which was released recently and presented during the 4th PATA Days conference in Aachen. You can download the paper here (pdf, 220 kb): Papathanassiou and Kopsachilis 2013 – Earthquake Geosurvey, an application for reporting earthquake-induced environmental effects. The app is free and it was built by George Papathanassiou and Vasilis Kopsachilis.


Papathanassiou G., Ganas A., Valkaniotis S., Papanikolaou M., Pavlides S. (2014). Preliminary report on the geological effects triggered by the 2014 Cephalonia earthquakes. Institute of Geodynamics, NOA & School of Geology, A.U.TH, 1-9.

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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