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Post OsricPearl on Fri 19 Jul - 16:48

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9541259/athens-earthquake-powerful-tremor-strikes-greek-capital-sending-people-running-into-the-streets/

All public buildings in Attica have been evacuated after the earthquake hit at midday today.

The epicentre of the quake was 14 miles northwest of the city and had a focal depth of 12 kilometres.

There are no reports of injuries or damage currently.

This comes as ferocious storms ripped through a tourist region in Greece earlier this month, killing at least seven people.

Around 140 others were reportedly injured after gale-force winds rain and freak hail storms struck the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece.

Poor Greece is getting clobbered.




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Post Neon Knight on Sun 21 Jul - 3:49

BBC:

How earthquake-prone is Athens?

The city lies on several fault lines which cause some earthquakes, although they rarely cause casualties or damage, said Professor Iain Stewart, a geologist at the University of Plymouth. Before the earthquake in 1999, the city was considered at low risk – but "if a place has an earthquake it increases the hazard" in future, he said. An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 like the one on Friday does not cause significant risk of damage, he said, although he expected it to be more noticeable near the epicentre. One at magnitude 6.3 or above would cause buildings to collapse, Prof Stewart said.

Athens is built on solid ground, so there is less potential for damage to the Ancient Greek monuments in the city, which date back thousands of years. However, Prof Stewart notes that Ancient Greek settlements were possibly deliberately built on top of seismic fault lines, perhaps to provide access to natural springs. Earthquakes may also have been of cultural significance in Greek antiquity.

The risk of earthquakes increases the further you go towards the extremities of Greece, Prof Stewart said: particularly on the islands of Crete, Kefalonia and Rhodes.

In 2017, two people were killed by a 6.7 magnitude quake which hit the island of Kos, a popular tourist destination.




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