803 Mopsuestia earthquake

The 803 Mopsuestia earthquake took place in the vicinity of Mopsuestia and the Gulf of Alexandretta (İskenderun) in 802 or 803 CE (Hijri year 187).[1]

The main source for this earthquake is Al-Suyuti (15th century), who records both the earthquake and a related inundation of the Ceyhan River. He also records a seismic sea wave (tsunami) caused by the earthquake. [1] Al-Suyuti omitted this earthquake in his work History of the Caliphs. [1]

The earthquake is estimated to have taken place between 30 December, 802 and 19 December, 803. [1]



  • Antonopoulos, J. (1980), Data from investigation of seismic Sea waves events in the Eastern Mediterranean from 500 to 1000 A.D., Annals of Geophysics


  1. ^ a b c d Antonopoulos, 1980