Strong earthquake south of Crete

A strong earthquake “rattled” Crete shortly after 11:20 in the morning and it was felt by many people all over the island.

  • Date & time: Fri, 8 Aug 08:20:47 UTC
  • Magnitude: 5.1
  • Depth: 10.0 km
  • Epicenter latitude / longitude: 34.69°N / 24.85°E
  • Nearest volcano: Santorini (190 km)
  • Primary data source: EMSC


  • Sivas (Greece) (53 km N from epicenter): it only lasted a few seconds but felt like an explosion right under my house! (via EMSC)
  • Loukia (Greece) (55 km NE from epicenter): Felt like a jack hammer. we normally get swayers here (via EMSC)
  • (Greece) (78 km N from epicenter): Usualy i can deduce the axis where the epicenter is by the oscillation of a (heavy) roof lamp. this time the oscillation was small, lasted very short time, and was rather circular (via EMSC)
  • Archanes (Greece) (85 km NE from epicenter): Ήτανε αρκετά έντονος και δυνατός και κράτησε τουλάχιστον 3-5 δευτερόλεπτα (via EMSC)
  • Heraklion (Greece) (95 km N from epicenter): It had a very short period of peaking (3-4 seconds)and no noticeable tremor after the peak. (via EMSC)
  • Vrises (Greece) (106 km NW from epicenter): Strong, lasted a few seconds (via EMSC)