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EEEs of today’s Mw6.5 earthquake in Greece

A shallow Mw6.5 earthquake hit western Greece today in the morning. The quake had a right-lateral strike-slip mechanism and occurred at the Cephalonia transform, offshore Levkada. Two people died and some damage to buildings was reported. The event caused environmental earthquake effects (EEEs), namely widespread rockfalls that produced an amazing dust cloud. The blog North Ithaca has some great pictures of collapsed walls, damage to buildings and the dust cloud.

Moment tensor solutions compiled by EMSC. Image from:


This video, taken form a boat, nicely illustrates the large amount of dust which was mobilized:

This Greek news site has some impressive coverage from the shaking:


In early 2014, two right-lateral strike-slip events struck Cephalonia within eight days, leading also to intense EEEs (Valkaniotis et al., 2014). This region has among the highest seismic hazard in Greece (Papagiannopoulos et al., 2012) and has been hit by several damaging earthquakes in the last decades, including a M7 event in 1983.

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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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