March 31, 2023

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Strong surface earthquake near Mount Athos

A seismic tremor with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale occurred today at 13:48 near St. Athos.

According to the Geodynamic Institute, the epicenter was 33 kilometers south/southwest of Kares, with a focal depth of 10 kilometers.

According to the Euro-Mediterranean Institute, the magnitude of the shock was 5.5 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was located 137 km southeast of Thessaloniki, located at a depth of 10 km.

The earthquake was felt in areas of central and northern Greece – in Thessaloniki, in Larisa. The vibration was accompanied by a loud hum. According to residents, the earthquake was strong, but short-lived.

According to the shift specialist of the AUTh seismological station, the main earthquake occurred in the sea area near the Holy Mount Athos. The epicenter was located 20 km southwest of the Athos Peninsula, 232 km northwest of Athens, the focus depth was 19.3 km.

After the main shock, at least 10 aftershocks followed, the strength of the most powerful of which was determined to be 4.5 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was located in the northern Aegean Sea, between Mount Athos and Sithonia.

So far, there are no reports of any damage.

Earthquake data coming from the Geodynamic Institute of Athens and the European Mediterranean Seismological Institute are solutions that come from an automatic computer system, without the participation of a seismologist. As new data becomes available, they are constantly updated.


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