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The 1978 Thessaloniki earthquake (Greek: Μεγάλος Σεισμός της Θεσσαλονίκης) occurred on 20 June at 23:03 local time. The shock registered 6.2 on the moment magnitude scale, had a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), and was felt throughout northern Greece, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. It was the largest event in the area since the 1932 Ierissos earthquake.[4]

1978 Thessaloniki earthquake
UTC time1978-06-20 20:03
ISC event681154
USGS-ANSSComCat
Local date20 June 1978 (1978-06-20)
Local time23:03
Magnitude6.2 Mw [1]
Depth16km
Epicenter40°36′N 23°18′E / 40.6°N 23.3°E / 40.6; 23.3Coordinates: 40°36′N 23°18′E / 40.6°N 23.3°E / 40.6; 23.3 [1]
TypeNormal [2]
Areas affectedGreece
Yugoslavia
Bulgaria
Total damage$250 million – $1 billion [2]
Max. intensityVIII (Severe) [3]
Casualties45–50 killed [2]
100–220 injured [2]

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  1. ^ a b Utsu, T. R. (2002), "A List of Deadly Earthquakes in the World: 1500–2000", International Handbook of Earthquake & Engineering Seismology, Part A, Volume 81A (First ed.), Academic Press, p. 708, ISBN 978-0124406520
  2. ^ a b c d USGS (2009), PAGER-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2008_06.1, United States Geological Survey
  3. ^ Psycharis, I. (1978), The Salonica (Thessaloniki) earthquake of June 20, 1978 (PDF), EERL 78-03, Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory, p. 1
  4. ^ 100+1 Years of Greece. Volume 2. Athens: Maniateas Publishing. 1999. pp. 210–211.

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