Fears of prolonged “seismic outbreak” in Greece: Six areas under surveillance including Ionian islands

The new earthquake in Crete opens the discussion among scientists about the possibility of general seismic excitation in Greece
Yesterday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Crete – in addition to the fear it caused to the inhabitants of the island – raises the concern of scientists, who point out the unusual sequence, as in about seven months there have been four very strong vibrations of the same about size.
In this context, scientists are intensifying the observation of the phenomenon throughout the territory and especially in areas that show an increased risk of being “hit” by earthquakes.

More specifically, as the seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos stated to Ethnos, no area – apart from Arkalochori – may be in increased activity during this period however, the seismologists have put under the microscope:

  • Ionian islands
  • Corinthian Gulf
  • Thebes
  • Crete
  • Dodecanese 
  • North Aegean

Scientists can not rule out any possibility. While implicitly implying that based on statistics no new strong is expected in the coming months, they emphasize that the earthquake does not follow logic.

As Manolis Skordilis, professor of Seismology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, emphasizes “there are cases where there is an outbreak in an area which however never leads to a strong earthquake. “There are other cases where a strong earthquake hits an area that was not on the rise.”

“Unusual” seismic year – What worries scientists

Speaking to the Free Press, Costas Papazachos spoke of an “unusual” seismic year, noting that in the 10 months of 2021 seismic tremors have been recorded:

  • 6.3 and 6 Richter in Elassona in March,
  • 5.8 Richter in Arkalochori on September 27 and
  • 6.3 Richter east of Sitia on October 12.

Although this has happened again, according to Mr. Papazahos – in 1995 when earthquakes occurred in Arnaia, Halkidiki, Kozani-Grevena and Aigio – nevertheless it is a phenomenon studied by seismologists.

According to the Director of Research of the Athens Observatory in Greece, Thanassis Ghana, after all, every year there is an earthquake near or more than 6 Richter and this year we have four.

“No one can rule out (based on statistics) the phenomenon” of a fifth earthquake occurring near or above this magnitude, he comments.
Source – dikaiologitika.gr

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