Samos rises 18-25cm after powerful earthquake

According to preliminary data released by Greek scientists, the Greek island of Samos has risen 18-25 cm, following a 6.7-magnitude quake that struck the island on Friday.

The earthquake left some 300 buildings temporarily uninhabitable or unsafe and also caused a tsunami that flooded the harbour area, and tragically killed two teenagers.

A team of Greek scientists from the School of Geology and Geoenvironment at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, travelled to Samos after the quake in order to survey its impact on the island’s topography and buildings.

300 buildings in Samos deemed uninhabitable or unsafe following quake
Destroyed buildings in Samos.

The team included Professor Efthymis Lekkas, Dr. Spyridon Mavroulis, Dr. Marilia Gogou and Dr. Ioanna Triantafyllou, with the participation of seismologist Dr. Gerasimos Papadopoulos.

According to their findings, the island had permanently elevated 18 to 25 cm from its pre-earthquake elevation, due the tectonic plate activity which caused the earthquake.

The elevation change can clearly be seen in rocks along the shoreline.

To assist victims of the Samos earthquake that devastated the island on Friday, the Municipality of Athens has started collecting long-life foods and basic necessities.

The collection point is at the municipality’s aid center located at Domokou 2 Street, opposite the Larissis train station in central Athens.

300 buildings in Samos deemed uninhabitable or unsafe following quake
300 buildings in Samos deemed uninhabitable or unsafe following quake.

Foods and goods donations will be accepted there daily between the hours of 09:00 and 13:00 until Sunday November 6.

For those outside of Athens and still wanting to help the Samos quake victims, a GoFundMe fundraiser has been created. Immediately, what is required is: tents, blankets, sleeping bags and other essentials that will help the displaced residents sleep at night.

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