Professor: Seismic Fault That Provoked 5.8R Quake in Heraklion Totally Unkown

September 27, 2021

HERAKLION. Greece — The seismic fault responsible for Monday's 5.8 Richter earthquake near Arkalochori in Heraklion, Crete was totally unknown, stated professor of Seismology and Geophysics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) Constantinos Papazahos to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).

"The specific fault in the Heraklion basin, which certainly gave rise to earthquakes hundreds of years ago, was not known or mapped and has not been studied. However, there are many faults in Greece that we know very little about and which give rise to quakes that surprise us as they have not been studied enough," Papazahos said and estimated that the 5.8 Richter quake was probably the main quake.

The seismologists will be on alert in the next days and will monitor the phenomenon, professor of Seismology at AUTH Manolis Skordylis said to the ANA.

"Nobody can be absolutely certain but it is very probable that this was the main earthquake but we should wait for one to two days," Skordylis said, adding that "Crete experiences strong quakes but the issue is the location of the epicentre. There are some areas that have major faults that cause huge quakes and some others that host smaller faults that may give rise to tremors of medium intensity," Skordylis said.


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