Gerasimos Papadopoulos: Greece is going through a period of heightened seismic activity

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Greece is going through a period of seismic exacerbation, stressed the professor of seismology Gerasimos Papadopoulos.

The distinguished seismologist said on the “Social Net” show that a model study that he had published 34 years ago in a geophysical journal has been verified over the years.

“It is not common for Greece to have so many earthquakes of this magnitude in such a short period of time. In the Greek arc we have an earthquake every year with a magnitude of 6 Richter or larger.

“Now we see, only in the region of Crete, three widespread earthquakes. The region of Crete occupies the central part of a large geotectonic structure, which produces many earthquakes. The last three are a sample.

“If we look at the last year we will see that we have, all over the country, an increased number of large earthquakes. That is, we far exceed the average.

“From 2017 until today we have had 11 earthquakes of six magnitude and up. There is no doubt that we are going through a period of seismic upheaval. Each flare-up phase lasts about eight years.

“According to a model of a study I presented several years ago and it has been verified, I have the feeling that the cycle of this seismic eruption is nearing completion. Of course, no one can know when it will be completed.”

Regarding Attica, Papadopoulos stressed, according to Proto Thema, that it may not “host large cracks in its territory that can cause large earthquakes,” but there are still cracks around Attica that threaten it.

“There are many cracks around Attica which threaten it, such as the one in Alkyonides that was activated in 1981 but also those in the South and North Evia,” he emphasised.

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