Our well-known compatriot seismologist Akis Tselentis spoke to the Ionian Galaxy about the recent earthquake that shook Kefalonia on the show of Gianna Kouloumpi and Andreas Arvanitakis.
The earthquake arose from the fault where it had given the big earthquake of 2014, however this does not cause any concern. As Mr. Tselentis characteristically stated, “we can say that it is a very late aftershock”. While continuing, he added, “the night was followed by a large series of micro-earthquakes, a total of 23!
This fault is now completely weakened and therefore cannot give rise to a large-scale earthquake. The beginning is in the western part of Paliki and extends to Lefkada “.
I am concerned about the rift between North Kefalonia and Lefkada
Mr. Tselentis expressed strong concerns about the rift between North Kefalonia and Lefkada. Kefalonia continues to have a problem and is under the threat of a new catastrophic eclipse. The island has the largest seismic faults in Greece, perhaps in Europe. After the bloody results from the earthquake of 1953, Kefalonia was shielded with the best building conditions which are an example for the whole of Europe.
Nevertheless, the northern part of Kefalonia remains at risk due to the fact that it was not affected by the earthquake of 1953. It is necessary to conduct a micro-zonal study, Mr. Tselentis emphasizes, in order to identify and strengthen the vulnerable buildings. Unfortunately, it is certain that this rift will be activated in the coming years.
Mr. Tselentis has installed 36 additional seismographs in the wider area of the Central Ionian on the occasion of the interest that had arisen for drilling near the island of Kefalonia. In fact, the company “Hellenic Petroleum” financed the effort to locate active faults in the sea.
Kefalonia is at a very good level in terms of monitoring seismic activity on and around the island.
In collaboration with the Region, the sea faults will be studied and the active faults will be located on the island in order to stimulate them. This will make it possible to observe the effects on public buildings and schools. This program is expected to start next year.
What should make us “afraid”
The 1953 fault, located southeast of Poros, still has a very large seismic potential, but it does not seem to be waking up yet. It is of course one of the biggest vigilant dangers for our island. Of course there are smaller faults on the island which do not accept to affect the situation.
The structural fabric of Northern Kefalonia is the one that is in immediate danger while Argostoli, on the other hand is better structured.
Source – Lefkadapress.gr (original author Δέσποινα Χαρώνη)