Significant Earthquake

Date Earthquake Location Earthquake Parameters
Focal
Depth
Magnitude MMI Int
Year Mo Dy Hr Mn Sec Name Latitude Longitude Mw Ms Mb Ml Mfa Unk
115 12 13 TURKEY: ANTAKYA (ANTIOCH) 36.100 36.100 7.5 11


Significant Earthquake
Earthquake Effects Total Effects (Earthquake and Tsunami, Volcano, etc.)
Deaths Missing Injuries Damage Houses
Destroyed
Houses
Damaged
Deaths Missing Injuries Damage Houses
Destroyed
Houses
Damaged
Num De Num De Num De $Mill De Num De Num De Num De Num De Num De $Mill De Num De Num De
260000 4 4 260000 4 4


Comments for the Significant Earthquake

Comments for the Significant Earthquake

Display listing of nearby significant earthquakes

115. Heavy destruction, 260,000 victims, intensity X-XI. (reference #1222)

115, December 13. Antakya, Karasu Valley, 36.1 N, 36.1 E, 250,000 or 260,000 deaths, intensity IX or VI, magnitude 7.3 or 7.5. (reference #3733)

115, December 13. Antioch. An earthquake in the Orontes valley during the morning of 13 December AD 115 almost totally destroyed Antioch, Daphne and four other cities, including Apamea. This was the third time that Antioch had been destroyed by an earthquake. A great roar preceded the shock. People standing in the open were thrown down and trees were uprooted and toppled. Almost all structures in Antioch were damaged, and three quarters of the city collapsed, killing a large number of people, including the consul Pedo Vergilianus. The exact number of deaths is unknown, but it must have been exceedingly high because the emperor Trajan was wintering there with this troops at the time, and his presence had attracted many litigants, embassies and sightseers; in addition, to that, since the earthquake occurred first thing in the morning, many people would still have been indoors. Very few of those in Antioch went unscathed, and the Emperor himself, trapped in the ruins of his residence, made his way out through a window of the room in which he was staying, with slight injuries. During the remainder of the period he lived in the open, in the hippodrome. (reference #9116)


References for the Significant Earthquake

References for the Significant Earthquake

ID Author Year Citation
1222 Alsinawi, S.A., S.G. Baban, and A.S. Issa 1985 Historical seismicity of the Arab region. IASPEI/UNESCO Working Group on Historical Seismograms and Earthquakes, August 27-28, 1985, Tokyo; Preliminary Proceedings, p. 59-84.
3733 Akyuz, H. Serdar , Erhan Altunel, Volkan Karabacak, C. Caglar Yalciner 2006 Historical earthquake activity of the northern part of the Dead Sea Fault Zone, southern Turkey. Tectonophysics, vol. 426, p. 281-293.
9116 Ambraseys, Nicolas 2009 Earthquakes in the Mediterranean and Middle East, A Multidisciplinary Study of Seismicity up to 1900. Cambridge University Press, 947 p.