Aigion Greece 1995 (CAR)

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Event ID
199506150015
Event name
Aigion
Country
Greece
Region in the country
Northern Peloponnese
World region
Europe
Epicentral coordinates (long/lat)
POINT(22.31 38.44)
WKT GIS format
GEMECD contributing partner
CAR
Event narrative

On Thursday 15th June 1995, at 03:15 local time, an earthquake of moment magnitude 6.5 and focal depth of 14 km struck the town of Aigion situated on the southern shores of the Gulf of Corinth in Central Greece.

The main shock’s epicentre (38.44°N, 22.31°E) was around 18 km northeast of Aigion town which had population of 23,000 people. In the USGS EXPO-CAT database it is estimated that during this earthquake 58,000 people were exposed to intensity VII or greater, of which around 42% were in rural areas.

A strong aftershock (Mw=5.6) followed 15 minutes later causing further damage including the partial or total collapse of a few buildings.

Date of occurrence (UTC)
1995-06-15
date
Time of occurrence (UTC)
00:15:00
time
Date of occurrence (local)
1995-06-15
date
Time of occurrence (local)
03:15:00
time
Day of the week (local)
Thursday
Magnitude
6.5
Magnitude units
Moment (Mw)
Focal depth
14
km
Seismological data: source
USGS
Seismological data: comment

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Overall impact

During the main shock sections of two RC buildings (a 4-storey coastal hotel and a 5-storey apartment block in the town centre) collapsed causing the loss of 26 lives while at least 59 were rescued by neighbors, relatives and search and rescue operations. In addition 4 other RC buildings collapsed but did not cause loss of life (these were an industrial building and three low-rise houses with soft-storey at ground level).

In total 1887 buildings were destroyed or damaged beyond repair with the direct loss estimated at 660 million US$. The number of homeless reached 15,000.

The University of Patras’ Department of Civil Engineering carried-out a detailed damage survey in Aigion town centre and assessed the damage to all the buildings within the chosen study zone containing 2108 buildings (1149 RC and 859 masonry and mixed structure buildings). Most of the damage occurred in the area of the historic town centre in a zone of about 0.2 km2.

Overview data
Loss: Human Casualty
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People injured
200
number
People injured: source
Tselentis, G., Melis, N., Sokos, E. and Papatsimpa, K. (1996). The Egion June 1995 (6.2 ML) Earthquake, Western Greece. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 147:1, 83-98.
People injured: status
Greater than

People seriously injured
3
number
People seriously injured: status
N/A

People missing
0
number
People missing: source
Karydis, P., Holevas, K., Lekkas, E. and Papadopoulos, T. (1995). The Egion, Greece, Earthquake of June 15, 1995. EERI Special Earthquake Report, July 1995.

People killed
26
number
People killed: source
Karydis, P., Holevas, K., Lekkas, E. and Papadopoulos, T. (1995). The Egion, Greece, Earthquake of June 15, 1995. EERI Special Earthquake Report, July 1995.


People killed due to ground shaking
26
number
People killed due to ground shaking: source
Karydis, P., Holevas, K., Lekkas, E. and Papadopoulos, T. (1995). The Egion, Greece, Earthquake of June 15, 1995. EERI Special Earthquake Report, July 1995.
People killed due to ground shaking: comment

16 people were killed in a five-storey apartment building in Aigion and 10 at a four-storey hotel in Valimitika, 5 km to the east.


Loss: Building damage
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Total number of buildings destroyed
2000
number
Total number of buildings destroyed: source
Karydis, P., Holevas, K., Lekkas, E. and Papadopoulos, T. (1995). The Egion, Greece, Earthquake of June 15, 1995. EERI Special Earthquake Report, July 1995.
Total number of buildings destroyed: status
Approximate

Number of buildings damaged
6155
number
Number of buildings damaged: source
Karydis, P., Holevas, K., Lekkas, E. and Papadopoulos, T. (1995). The Egion, Greece, Earthquake of June 15, 1995. EERI Special Earthquake Report, July 1995.
Number of buildings damaged: status
Approximate

Number of dwellings destroyed: status
N/A

Number of dwellings damaged: status
N/A

Total number of buildings destroyed by shaking
2000
number
Total number of buildings destroyed by shaking: source
Karydis, P., Holevas, K., Lekkas, E. and Papadopoulos, T. (1995). The Egion, Greece, Earthquake of June 15, 1995. EERI Special Earthquake Report, July 1995.
Total number of buildings destroyed by shaking: comment

2,000 buildings had been collapsed or suffered irreparable damage.


Number of buildings damaged by shaking
6155
number
Number of buildings damaged by shaking: source
Karydis, P., Holevas, K., Lekkas, E. and Papadopoulos, T. (1995). The Egion, Greece, Earthquake of June 15, 1995. EERI Special Earthquake Report, July 1995.
Number of buildings damaged by shaking: comment

6,155 buildings had been inspected as of the date of the reference report, excluding the destroyed.


Number of dwellings destroyed by shaking: status
N/A

Number of dwellings damaged by shaking: status
N/A

Loss: Socioeconomic
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People homeless
15000
number
People homeless: source
Athens News Agency, June 20, 1995
People homeless: comment

Referring to Greek Government's estimations

People homeless: status
Approximate

Direct economic loss
660
million US$
Direct economic loss: source
Munich Re
Direct economic loss: comment

Athens News Agency, June 20, 1995 reported approximately 650 million US$ referring to Greek Government estimation.


Indirect economic loss: status
N/A

Insured loss
0.25
million US$
Insured loss: source
Munich Re

Direct economic loss due to shaking
660
million US$

Indirect economic loss due to shaking: status
N/A

Demographics
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Total number of buildings
3500000
number
Total number of buildings: source
2000 National Building Census of Greece (back projection)
Total number of buildings: status
Approximate