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6.1R Earthquake shifts island of Lefkada 36cm to the South, wipes out famous Egremnoi beach

The powerful earthquake that hit the island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea with a magnitude of 6.1R shifted the island by 36 cm southwards and caused unusually  deep vertical deformations. According to  Greek media reports

“Measurements of the National Observatory of Athens showed that the island of Lefkada was shifted 36 cm to the south.

Furthermore, the earth’s crust has suffered vertical deformations going 20 cm deep. In comparison, the corresponding effect caused by the 1999 earthquake in Athens was 9 cm deep.

The measurements have been performed with the aid of advanced scientific tools.”

Αnother impressive effect of the powerful earthquake is that one of the famous beaches of the island, the Egremnoi beach, practically disappeared due to the fallen rocks form the cliff and the changes in the sea shore. It was wiped out.



Egremnoi or Egremnoi beach is a remote beach located on the south-western coast of Lefkada. With its crystal clear water, the fine sand and often dramatic sunsets, the beach was one of the most visited tourist destinations on the island. Swimmers and sunbathers could reach the beach via 347 steep steps leading from the 150-meter high cliff to … paradise. Now it is gone.

Video: Egremnoi beach during the earthquake- footage captured by local fisherman

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Video: Egremnoi beach after the Earthquake

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The aftershocks sequence continues. 1,000 aftershocks have been recorded from Tuesday morning to Thursday night.

With the force of 6.1R, the earthquake caused the death of two women and severe damages in the infrastructure of Lefkada. 8 people were slightly injured.

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  1. The cliffside is sand, surely when the water receeds the beach will still be there & maybe even higher ?
    Let’s hope.