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                                        CYPRUS                                                        OTHER MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES

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       SEISMICITY IN CYPRUS
Cyprus lies in second most earthquake stricken zone on earth. Luckily for Cyprus it is located in a less active sector of this zone, and it experiences earthquakes less frequently and of a lower magnitude than that of Greece and Turkey. However, that does not mean that earthquakes are an isolated event.
Throughout the year there are many recorded events (tremors) that while might go unnoticed by the population are still recorded by the sensors on the island. The most notable seismic threat for Cyprus probably comes from what is known as the Cyprian Arc.
The Cyprian Arc is described as being one of the least understood parts of the Alpine Himalayan tectonic belt. This could actually be referred to as an inverse arc since it almost looks like a soup bowl that holds Cyprus. It is one of the least understood geological features since even the location of the arc has not been accepted yet.
While there is a large following that believe that is passes off the coast of Cyprus there has also been some research indicating that it may pass through Cyprus.
While it is believed that an evacuation would be impossible due to the closeness of the arc there are seismic sensors in Cyprus that monitor local events. These sensors in Cyprus form a seismic network that consists of 7 seismic stations, 2 relay stations and 29 accelerometer stations.
The Headquarters which is located in Nicosia at the Geological Survey building serves as the recording station. According to the Government about 500 local events and 100 regional earthquakes are recorded each year. In the history of the island there have actually been a few strong earthquakes that have managed to destroy some of the islands cities.
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     Earthquakes in Cyprus region recorded at Mathiatis Station over Mag 4.0

4.6 282 kn N of Alexandria  15.05.19

4.5 N of Kato Pyrgos 13.01.17

4.2 offshore Ayia Napa  20.5.17

4.0 Paphos area  30.11.17

4.6 S of Limassol  29.10.18

4.0 Offshore Larnaca 06.11.16

4.2 Larnaca 12.05.16

4.4 Offshore Paphos 05.01.16

4.7 E. Cyprus 22.03.16

5.3 Sea N.E Cyprus 04.04.14

5.6 Offshore Peyia 15.04.15

4.6 Souni, Limassol 12.07.15

4.6 Offshore Limassol 30.07.15

4.1 Ayia Napa 30.06.14

4.0 Paphos 03.02.14

4.8 Cyprus region 19.06.14

4.7 Isparta Turkey 24.08.14

6.0 Offshore Paphos 01.04.11

4.4 Limassol 09.05.12

4.4 Farmagusta 14.10.13

5.9 Offshore Cyprus 28.12.13

4.9 Nicosia 14.05.05

5.0 Paphos 22.12.09

4.0 Pyrgos,Limassol 27.07.10

4.0 Offshore Paphos 26.03.11

5.0 Nicosia 05.03.03

4.2 Paralimni 13.05.03

6.1 Rhodes 23.01.05

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Historical Earthquakes in Cyprus


A destructive Mag 6.0 double earthquake occurred on 10th September 1953 in the district of Pafos. It killed 40 and injured about 100 people leaving 4000 people homeless. Damage was reported from all of the 158 villages of the Pafos district. The villages of Stroumpi, Axylou, Kithasi, Lapithiou and Phasoula were totally destroyed. Damage was mainly caused by landslides and ground cracking. Within a few seconds 1600 houses were totally ruined and 10,000 buildings suffered serious damage. Causalities were limited because most people were out in the fields at the time the earthquake occurred. In Lemesos the shock caused extensive damage, where it triggered soil liquefaction of beach deposits on the seashore. The earthquakes were associated with a small tsunami along the coast of Pafos. The shocks were strongly felt in Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Kastellorizo, Rhodes and Turkey. About 26 aftershocks continued for over a year