Earthquakes in Greece

In Greece there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.

Since 1950 more than 990 people have been killed by direct consequences of earthquakes. 20 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

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Earthquakes in Greece since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Greece happened on 07/09/1956 in the region Dodecanese with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 39 km resulted in 53 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
06/12/2017Lesbos38 km6.31
11/17/2015Lefkada, Kefalonia, Ithaca8 km6.52
05/24/2014Greece, Turkey3 km6.93
02/03/2014Kefalonia (Lixourion)29 km6.00
01/26/2014Kefalonia21 km6.10
10/12/2013Crete (Chania)35 km6.60
08/07/2013Central (Phthiotis, Reggini)2 km5.50
06/08/2008Achaia, Ileia29 km6.32
03/25/2007Argostolion, Kefallinia58 km5.80
04/11/2006Zakynthos41 km5.50
01/08/2006Southern55 km6.70
11/04/2004Crete (Antikythira)39 km5.20
03/01/2004Southern (Kalamata)58 km5.20
08/14/2003Lefkada, Preveza54 km6.30
06/09/2003Gonnoi, Larisa39 km5.20
12/02/2002Megalopolis, Vartholomion55 km5.70
07/26/2001Skyros36 km6.50
04/05/2000Crete58 km5.50
09/07/1999Athens49 km6.0143
11/18/1997Ionian Sea, Amalias, Gargalianoi, Kalamai41 km6.60
06/15/1995Aiyion, Eratini48 km6.526
05/13/1995Grevena-Kozani, Thessaloniki, Yugoslavia12 km6.60
07/14/1993Patras49 km5.60
12/21/1990Edhessa, Kilkis42 km5.91
10/16/1988Ionian Sea (Kilini, Vartholomion)5 km5.80
09/15/1986S, Messinia, Berga, Nedousa27 km4.80
09/13/1986Kalami, Lakonia, Zakinthos31 km5.820
04/30/1985Magnisia12 km5.50
10/09/1984Messina42 km4.50
02/11/1984Managouli-Aiyion51 km5.40
08/06/1983Aegean Sea51 km7.00
03/23/1983Vonitsa6 km6.20
01/17/1983Ionian Sea29 km7.20
12/19/1981Aegean Sea (Lesbos, Skiros)50 km7.50
03/10/1981Preveza19 km5.62
03/04/1981Athens-Corinth-Khalis5 km6.41
02/24/1981Athens-Eastern Gulf Of Corinth38 km6.722
07/12/1980Volos8 km4.01
07/09/1980Aegean Sea (Magnesia)52 km6.41
11/06/1979Greece-Albania17 km5.21
05/15/1979Crete21 km5.60
06/20/1978Thessaloniki21 km6.450
05/23/1978Thessaloniki, Volvi, Langadas11 km5.60
12/31/1975Kato-Makrinou47 km5.51
11/29/1973Crete, Palaeochora, Chania42 km5.60
11/04/1973Leukas Island, Preveza, Vonitsa11 km5.50
09/17/1972Lixouri, Chavriata, Damoulianata,kouvalata15 km6.30
09/13/1972Corinthia, Arcadia20 km6.00
02/19/1968Aegean Sea (St Eustratios)45 km7.220
05/01/1967Greece 5.99
01/04/1967Greece 6.00
10/29/1966Central29 km5.71
09/01/1966Southern48 km5.91
02/05/1966Central48 km6.31
07/06/1965North Corinth Gulf42 km6.31
04/05/1965Southern54 km6.232
03/31/1965Greece 7.16
03/09/1965Alonisos, Skopelos53 km6.338
09/14/1962Aegean Sea; Turkey (Balikesir) 5.50
08/28/1962S 6.81
05/28/1962Aegean Sea47 km4.50
05/26/1960Greece-Albania 6.58
03/08/1957Stephanovikion-Velestnon (Magnesia)14 km7.02
11/02/1956Volos-Agria (Magnesia) 5.70
07/09/1956Aegean Sea 6.80
07/09/1956Dodecanese39 km7.853
04/21/1955Aegean Sea 6.07
04/19/1955Drakia-Agria (Magnesia)19 km6.28
04/30/1954Sophades (Karditsa) 7.031
04/20/1954Greece 7.025
08/12/1953Lixouri-Argostoli (Kephallenia)52 km7.2476
08/11/1953Asprogerakas (Kephallenia) 6.80

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.