Numerous earthquakes shake the Greek island - seismologists fear an even bigger earthquake
Created: 01/10/2023, 12:55 p.m
By: Fabian Mueller
A monitor recorder records the strength of an earthquake (icon image).
The Greek island of Lesbos has been shaken by an earthquake.
There are first reports of damage and landslides.
Athens – The earth shook in Greece on Tuesday.
The 4.8-magnitude tremor shook the Greek island of Lesvos, the Geodynamic Institute of Athens said.
According to state radio reports, the people on the island are concerned.
Because the earth has been shaking again and again since last Saturday.
First there were two earthquakes of magnitude 4.9 and 4.7.
Dozens of other smaller earthquakes followed.
Seismologists said on the radio that they cannot rule out that there could be a larger earthquake.
The earthquakes are very noticeable because their centers are between 10 and 17 kilometers below the ground, i.e. relatively close to the earth's surface.
They are happening near the tourist resort of Molyvos in the north of the island of Lesvos and are accompanied by a loud roar, local reporters said.
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Initially, no injuries or serious damage were reported.
However, there were some landslides and some houses were damaged, state radio reported, citing civil defense.
According to local media, the tremors can be felt on almost all islands in the east of the Aegean and on the opposite Turkish coast, and the earth movements are said to have been felt in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul.
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In Greece, the earth keeps shaking, in 2021 one person died in an earthquake on the island of Crete, a year earlier 119 people died in a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the island of Samos.
More than 1000 people were injured, among other things by a tsunami.
Tremors are more frequent in the region because the Aegean lithospheric plate runs here, on which north-south extensional tectonics prevail.
Experts generally speak of a high level of seismicity in Greece.