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Light mag. 3.6 earthquake - 16 km east of Agios Nikolaos, Lasithi, Crete, Greece, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 9:31 pm (GMT +2) -

Light mag. 3.6 earthquake - 16 km east of Agios Nikolaos, Lasithi, Crete, Greece, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 9:31 pm (GMT +2) Light mag. 3.6 earthquake - 16 km east of Agios Nikolaos, Lasithi, Crete, Greece, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 9:31 pm (GMT +2)

Light magnitude 3.6 earthquake at 13 km depth

16 Mar 19:33 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 2 minutes.
16 Mar 19:36: Now using data updates from RaspberryShake
16 Mar 19:39: Now using data updates from NOA
16 Mar 19:44: Magnitude recalculated from 3.5 to 3.6. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 12.8 km (from 6.2 to 8 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 17 km (10.3 mi) towards NNE.
Update Thu, 16 Mar 2023, 19:51

Small magnitude 3.6 quake hits 70 km southeast of Heraklion, Greece in the evening

3.6 quake 16 Mar 9:31 pm (GMT +2)
3.6 quake 16 Mar 9:31 pm (GMT +2)
The National Observatory of Athens (NOA) reported a magnitude 3.6 quake in Greece near Heraklion, Crete, only 19 minutes ago. The earthquake hit in the evening on Thursday, March 16th, 2023, at 9:31 pm local time at a shallow depth of 12.8 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the Kandilli Oservatory and Earthquake Research Institute in Istanbul (KOERI-RETMC) which listed the quake at magnitude 3.3. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 3.5, and the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 3.5.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Kavousi (pop. 560) located 4 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Agios Nikolaos (pop. 11,400) located 16 km from the epicenter, Elounda (pop. 2,200) 19 km away, Ierapetra (pop. 12,400) 20 km away, Sitia (pop. 8,700) 21 km away, Gra Lygia (pop. 1,500) 23 km away, Neapoli (pop. 2,700) 28 km away, and Malia (pop. 4,300) 41 km away. In Heraklion (pop. 137,200, 70 km away), the quake was probably not felt.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 16, 2023 19:31:54 UTC -
Local time at epicenterThursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 9:31 pm (GMT +2)
Depth12.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude35.153°N / 25.8806°E (Lasithi, Crete, Greece)
Antipode35.153°S / 154.119°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt14 reports
Primary data sourceNOA (National Observatory of Athens)
Nearest volcanoSantorini (146 km / 91 mi)
Nearby towns and cities4 km (2 mi) NNE of Kavousi (pop: 559) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
16 km (10 mi) ESE of Agios Nikolaos (pop: 11,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
20 km (13 mi) NE of Ierapetra (Kreta) (pop: 12,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
21 km (13 mi) WSW of Sitia (pop: 8,710) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
28 km (17 mi) ESE of Neapoli (Crète) (pop: 2,680) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
41 km (25 mi) ESE of Malia (pop: 4,340) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
70 km (43 mi) ESE of Heraklion (pop: 137,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
369 km (229 mi) SSE of Athens (Attica) (pop: 664,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 11.1°C (52 F), humidity: 72%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from NW
Estimated seismic energy released1.6 x 1010 joules (4.4 megawatt hours, equivalent to 3.79 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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3.613 kmGreece: 4 Km NNE From KavousiNOA
3.510 kmCrete, GreeceRaspberryShake

User reports for this quake (14)

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Sitia/Crete (21.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : Little rumbling sound around 3-5 second's. One shelf been little shaking. Third floor apartment. Sitia Crete.  
Kavousi (3.8 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s
Kato Xorio (9.2 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 2-5 s : Lying on bed and felt a definite shake and jolt  
Sitia (56.4 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single vertical bump / very short : I was in bed. One big bump and small shakings after  
Kalo Nero (20.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Lying on the floor I felt the earth moving  
Agios Nikolaos (9.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Kavousi (3.9 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Sat on the sofa  
Piskokefalo (19.9 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Floor and house shook  
koutsounari (15.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : vertical bumping felt on bed  
Schinokapsala / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / very short (reported through our app)
Achlia / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Mesa Mouliana / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / very short : The floor bounced once. Felt like a rock being dropped next to me.  
SITIA 72300 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Vibrating sound and less shaking (reported through our app)  
Agios Nikolaos / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling

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