February 25, 2024

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4.3 magnitude earthquake in Thebes

Active seismic activity continues near the city of Thebes, which is 60 km from Athens. In the early morning of April 10, there was an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 on the Richter scale.

According to the report of four organizations that are members of the United National Seismological Network and the Geodynamic Institute of the Athens National Observatory, at 05:12 the seismological network recorded an earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale.

The epicenter of the earthquake is located 48 km northwest of Athens and 5 km east of Thebes.

Four smaller aftershocks followed over the next two hours.with the strongest – 3.6 on the Richter scale – was recorded shortly before 06:30 in the same epicenter and with a focal depth of 11.2 km.

“This is an earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, which occurred east of Thebes, near the village of Kallithea, with a focal depth of 5 km. It was especially strong in Chalkis, Lamia, Athens and other nearby areas. This tremor is part of the resumption of seismic activity that we have had over the past four days in the Thebes area. The resumption completes a sequence that began to emerge 14 months ago and includes earthquakes approaching 3,000,” Efthymios Lekkas, president of the OASP, told ERT.

According to scientists, seismic activity in the area began in July 2021. To date, there have been about 3,000 earthquakes in an area less than 100 kilometers from Athens. The earthquakes that have been recorded so far are mostly of medium magnitude.

According to Mr. Lekkas, the range of seismic vibrations is small, the largest of them reaches 4.8 on the Richter scale. “On the part of the state, we have taken all the necessary measures – both as an organization for planning and protection against earthquakes, and as the Ministry of the Climate Crisis,” he stressed.

“There must be calm. The seismic sequence can continue into the following days without any damage. It is highly recommended to avoid old structures,” he added in reference to the 4.3 magnitude earthquake that struck north of Oina.

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