M 6 in Greece on 27 Sep 2021 06:17 UTC

Event summary

This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID EQ 1287361
Earthquake Magnitude: 6.0M
Depth: 8.71 Km
Lat/Lon: 35.2523 , 25.2595
Event Date: 27 Sep 2021 06:17 UTC
27 Sep 2021 09:17 Local
Exposed Population: About 19000 people in MMI VII
20 thousand (in MMI>=VII)
Inserted at: 27 Sep 2021 06:38 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity : 2.5 (Greece)

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  Earthquake
(Shakemap)
GDACS score
NEIC 0.6 0.6
us7000fes8 Scaled population (vector) 3.29  
  C1 shakemap -0.59  
  C2 shakemap 0.53  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 0.69  
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Greece - Earthquake (ECHO 28 Sep 2021)Tue, 28 Sep 2021 12:41

  • An earthquake of 5.8 M (as reported by NOA, Hellenic Seismic Network), at a depth of 10.4 km occurred in Crete Island on 27 September at 06.17 UTC (09.17 local time). The epicentre was located in the Arkalochori Town area and approximately 21 km southeast of Heraklion City (Heraklion Regional Unit).
  • Several aftershocks with magnitude up to 5.3 M (this one located 3,5 km east of Arkalochori Town at a depth of 10,7 km) have been recorded in the area by NOA. USGS PAGER estimates that up to 192,000 people were exposed to strong shaking.
  • According to media reports, one person has died in the Arkalochori, and the Greek Civil Protection reports 12 injured people. In addition, houses, buildings and infrastructure have been damaged in the towns of Arkalochori, Archontiko, Roussochoria and Patsideros. In addition, some damages have been reported in central Heraklion. 
  • National authorities provided immediate help for those affected by the seismic event. 
  • To date, the mainly affected municipality of Minoa Pediadas has been declared a state of emergency .
Detailed event map. European Union, 2021. Map produced by EC-JRC.
The boundaries and the names shown on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the European Union.

Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

Latest media headlines

Articles: 326 | About casualties: 86 | Last hour: 0

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Grèce : en Crète après le séisme, des peurs et des interrogations2021-09-30T11:00+0200.

Le séisme de magnitude 6 qui a frappé la Crète le 27 septembre a fait un mort, onze blessés et de nombreuses destructions. Si les tremblements de terre sont fréquents dans la région, certains habitants notent que les séismes se sont multipl
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Grèce : en Crète après le séisme, des peurs et des interrogations2021-09-30T10:36+0200.

Le séisme de magnitude 6 qui a frappé la Crète le 27 septembre a fait un mort, onze blessés et de nombreuses destructions. Si les tremblements de terre sont fréquents dans ces régions, certains habitants notent que les séismes se sont multi
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Estimated casualties (PAGER)

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Exposed population

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (45), (2), NEIC (4), OCHA (1), INGV (1), WMO (1), USGS (5), INFORM (2),