March 24, 2023

Athens News

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4.8 magnitude earthquake near Crete

An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale occurred today at 9:10 am in the sea near Crete. Epicenter, located 95 km west of Palekhor. According to the automatic recorder of the Geodynamic Institute of Athens, the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.8 on the Richter scale. The focal depth is estimated at 5 km.

At the junction of lithospheric plates between Africa and Europe, which runs along the rift zone of the so-called. The Greek Arc has been relatively calm over the past few months. Exactly a year ago, from March to May, the activity intensified sharply, bursting out in a series of strong tremors up to 6 points, but then subsided for almost the entire summer. Greek seismologists reassure the population of the country: they say, there is nothing unusual in this, and this place has been famous for its seismic activity since ancient times.

The resumed seismic activity may well mean a repeat of last year’s activity, which ultimately led to strong earthquakes up to magnitude 6.

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