5.4 magnitude earthquake off Mount Athos – More than ten aftershocks

An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale occurred ten minutes before two in the North Aegean in Halkidiki, a little south of the Athos peninsula.

In particular, according to the Geodynamic Institute at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the focal depth is determined at 10 km, while the epicenter was 23 km southwest of the Athos peninsula. It is noted that the earthquake was felt in many areas of Thessaloniki and Halkidiki .

On behalf of the four constituents of the Unified National Seismological Network, the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens announces that today, at 13:48 Greek time, the seismological network recorded a strong seismic vibration with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale. The earthquake occurred at a distance of 229 km NW of Athens.

The epicenter of the vibration is located in the sea area 20 km SW of the city of Athos.

More than ten aftershocks
More than 10 aftershocks , with the strongest reaching 4.5 on the Richter scale, occurred in the sea area of ​​the northern Aegean, between Mount Athos and Sithonia, after the main one that occurred at 13:48 today, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale. .

According to the seismologist of the shift at the seismological station of AUTh, the main earthquake occurred in the sea area off Mount Athos, with a epicenter 20 km southwest of the peninsula of Mount Athos and a focal depth of 19.3 km.

On behalf of the four constituents of the Unified National Seismological Network, the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens announces that today, at 14:26 Greek time, the seismic network recorded a weak seismic vibration with a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter scale. The earthquake occurred at a distance of 232 km NW of Athens.

The epicenter was reported 17 km southwest of Athos.

What seismologists say about the earthquake off Mount Athos
The director of the Geodynamic Institute, Professor Akis Tselentis , told iefimerida.gr that the seismic sequence of the phenomenon is normal, but it is still too early to draw conclusions.

“This area is of great seismic interest, because it is the extension of the Anatolian fault. “Typically I tell you that in 1965 there was a 5.9 magnitude vibration, in 1982 a 6.4 magnitude vibration and in 1983 a magnitude 6.8 Richter”, said the professor, pointing out that he is monitoring the phenomenon.

The estimation that there will be earthquakes in a fault which is characterized as a “special case” was expressed in ThessToday.gr by the professor of Geology and president of the Organization for Earthquake Planning and Protection, Efthymis Lekkas.

Mr. Lekkas stressed that there is fear of many aftershocks, while he expressed his concern about this particular fault in Anatolia, as he explains in the past he has given several earthquakes and there is no clear estimate of how he will behave. “There are fears of many aftershocks. The issue is I do not know how the fault will behave because it is a special case “, stressed Mr. Lekkas, noting that” in the past it has given too many earthquakes and needs attention. The aftershocks will occur in the surrounding area from Sithonia and Mount Athos “.

The Anatolian fault is a large tectonic plate that moves rapidly, in a westerly direction, affecting the Eastern Greek area, especially the Aegean Sea.

Source – iefimerida.gr

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