Quite a tangible earthquake shook the island of Rhodes at 19:51 on 18 June. The epicenter of the earthquake with a focal depth of 38 kilometers is in the sea, 48 kilometers south of the island.
4⃣6⃣ 🟠 Σεισμός M 4.6, 18/06 19:51, βάθος 38 χλμ, 48 χλμ Ν από Ρόδος.
– EQGR (@eqgr) June 18, 2021
There is no information about the damage and injuries.
Another tremor occurred on June 17 at 03:46 am near the island of Crete.
4⃣0⃣ 🟠 Σεισμός M 4.0, 17/06 03:35, βάθος 34 χλμ, 33 χλμ ΒΔ από Ηράκλειο.
– EQGR (@eqgr) June 17, 2021
Its focal depth was 34 km, and the epicenter was 33 km northwest of the city of Heraklio.
The island of Rhodes, like Crete, is located next to a large tectonic fault called the Greek arc, located at the junction of the African and Eurasian plates and encircling Greece and its islands in a kind of arc.
Greece and specifically the “Greek Arc” is located in an area that is very vulnerable to seismic activity, historically it has always been exposed to the impact of the underground elements. The first recorded earthquake was an earthquake 226 BC Rhodes… It is famous for destroying a large statue known as the Colossus of Rhodes. After the earthquake, the statue lay in place for almost eight centuries before being sold by the invaders.
The region lies on many fault lines, including the border of the Turkish-Greek plate. Rhodes is currently undergoing counterclockwise rotation (17 ° ± 5 ° over the last 800,000 years) associated with a system of systemic pressure faults in the southern Aegean Sea. The island was also tilted to the northwest during the Pleistocene, an uplift associated with a reverse fault lying east of Rhodes.
All in all, on the territory of Greece, in the Aegean Sea, there are 19 active tectonic faults that can cause an earthquake of magnitude over 7 on the Richter scale.