Strong and dangerous earthquake M5.8 struck Dodecanese Islands, Greece

Strong and dangerous earthquake M5.8 struck Dodecanese Islands, Greece

Strong and dangerous earthquake with recorded magnitude of 5.8 struck Dodecanese Islands, Greece on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 12:44 UTC according to USGS. Epicenter was along the Turkey and Greece coast, located 63 km (39 miles) E of Rodos, Dodecanese Islands, Greece (36.442°N, 28.920°E). Recorded depth was 39.6 km (24.6 miles). EMSC recorded magnitude 6.0 earthquake with depth of 30km.

At least 15 aftershocks have been noticed so far. Turkish press talks about 7 injured people who are treated in hospitals. All of them have been jumping from their balconies! The Turkish specialized earthquake forces are currently making assessments of eventual damage, but we have no reports from them so far.

The epicenter of the earthquake is also only 31 km SW Fethiye, Turkey (pop 60,437). Luckily it is below the sea floor, but the impact will still be considerable in the Turkish cities of Fethiye and Dalaman. Both cities are also Tourist destinations. Electricity and mobile communications have been lost in Fethiye.

Magnitude 5.8
  • Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 12:44:17 UTC
  • Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 03:44:17 PM at epicenter
Location 36.442°N, 28.920°E
Depth 39.6 km (24.6 miles)
Distances 63 km (39 miles) E of Rodos, Dodecanese Islands, Greece
98 km (60 miles) SSE of Mugla, Turkey
147 km (91 miles) S of Denizli, Turkey
425 km (264 miles) WNW of NICOSIA, Cyprus
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 11.7 km (7.3 miles); depth +/- 6 km (3.7 miles)
Parameters NST=470, Nph=476, Dmin=187 km, Rmss=0.76 sec, Gp= 43°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=D
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usb000ac4h

Shake map

Population exposure

Selected Cities Exposedfrom GeoNames Database of Cities with 1,000 or more residents.

MMI City Population
V Fethiye 60k
IV Goecek 5k
IV Sarigerme 16k
IV Dalaman 19k
IV Ortaca 20k
IV Dalyan 5k
IV Rodos 56k
III Antalya 758k
III Aydin 163k
III Isparta 172k
III Samos 2k

Historical seismicity - 2012

Featured image: Google Earth + USGS

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