Earthquake near Athos – expert opinion

Professor of Dynamic Tectonics, Applied Geology and Disaster Management, OASP President Efthymios Lekkas commented yesterday’s earthquake near Mount Athos with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale:

“We are not threatened by a stronger earthquake in the Anatolian fault. The evolution of the phenomenon is positive, with continuous aftershocks that release tectonic forces in the area. From the first moment of the earthquake, we have been in full contact with the Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Christos Stylianidis, to find out if there are any consequences.”

Mr. Lekkas noted that earthquake in Halkidiki is of concern, as it is located in the area where the Anatolian Fault passes. But the evolution of the phenomenon is positive and with continuous aftershocks weakening the accumulated tectonic forces, confirming the assessments of Mr. Papazaos’ colleague.

The region has a heavy history of strong earthquakes hitting both Greece and Turkey, says the professor:

“This is the dominant tectonic structure. It extends from Turkey to Pelion, where it “disappears”. Great fault potential is found in the Hellespont and in the area from Agios Efstratios to Lemnos.”

According to Mr. Lekkas, yesterday’s earthquake is not capable of activating any part of the Anatolian Fault and causing a stronger earthquake in other regions of Greece, since its magnitude is considered small.

A seismic tremor with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale occurred yesterday 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. However, 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.

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. However, 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.

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