Earthquake in Crete near Sitia

In the sea area near Crete 2 hours ago, at 7:04, an earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale occurred.

Its epicenter was located 36 km northeast of Sitia. According to the automatic solution of the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens, the focal depth was 15.3 kilometers.

We remind you that earthquake data coming from the Geodynamic Institute of Athens and the European Mediterranean Seismological Institute are solutions that come from an automatic computer system, without the participation of a seismologist. As new data becomes available, they are constantly updated.

The largest earthquake in the history of Crete happened many centuries ago. It was so strong that it caused incalculable destruction, a tsunami and the rise of its western side by 9 meters. According to ancient historians, it occurred on July 21, 365 (AD) with a focus off the coast of western Crete. The earthquake was rated between 8.3 and 8.7 on the Richter scale, making it the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the Mediterranean.

The earthquake caused great damage to central and southern Greece, Libya, Asia Minor and Egypt. Almost all the cities of Crete were destroyed. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami that wreaked havoc in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially in the Nile Delta and Alexandria, killing thousands and reaching almost three kilometers inland. In the southwest of Crete, the wave height from the earthquake was estimated at 12 meters.

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