The earthquake off the island of Crete

The earthquake off the island of Crete Natural Disasters

According to the Department of Geophysics, University of Thessaloniki, an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 occurred in the south of the Aegean Sea north of Crete at a depth of 14.8 kilometers. European Mediterranean Seismic Center also recorded an earthquake, but at a depth of 10 kilometers. There were no injuries.

Most earthquakes in the central and northern Greece are the result of the interaction of plates, which is detected by the motion of a small Aegean plate in the south-west of the Eurasian at 30 millimeters per year. Aegean (Greek) plate is located in the east of the Mediterranean Sea, with the southern regions of Greece and the western regions of Turkey. The southern part is a plate subduction zone in the north of Crete, which in turn interacts with the African plate and leads to earthquakes in the volcanic arc (Dodecanese and Cyclades).

The largest earthquake in Greece:

  • July 8, 2008 off the coast of Greece strength 6.3;
  • January 8, 2006 on the island of Kythira (south-western part of Greece) power 6.9;
  • August 14, 2003 on the island of Lefkada (Western Greece) power 6.4;
  • September 7, 1999 in Athens strength 5.9,
  • 15 June 1995 in force Egione 6.1;
  • May 13, 1995 in Grevena strength 6.6;
  • September 13, 1986 in Kalamata strength 6.2;
  • February 24-25, 1981 on the islands by force Alkionidy 6.6 and 6.3;
  • June 20, 1978 in Thessaloniki force 6.4.

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