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Powerful Earthquake Shakes Central Greece

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Powerful earthquake in Greece

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale shook central Greece at 12:16 local time on Wednesday.

The tremor struck 121 km SW of Thessaloníki near the town of Elassona in the region of Larissa.

Its focal depth was 10km (6 miles).

According to reports, the earthquake was felt in Larissa, Trikala and Thessaloniki.

Footage shows residents of Larissa taking to the streets.

The Mayor of Elassona, Nikos Gatas, said that he has already given an order to start investigations for any damage to all public and municipal buildings.

Professor of Geology, Efthymios Lekkas said that that the earthquake “was felt in half of the country.”

Speaking to SKAI TV, he added that “there was no particular pre-earthquake activity”.

Until now, there have been no reports of injuries.

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Greece earthquakes

Greece is located at the complex boundary zone in the eastern Mediterranean between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate.

The northern part of Greece lies on the Eurasian Plate while the southern part lies on the Aegean Sea Plate.

The Aegean Sea Plate is moving southwestward with respect to the Eurasian Plate at about 30 mm/yr while the African Plate is subducting northwards beneath the Aegean Sea Plate at a rate of about 40 mm/yr.

The northern plate boundary is a relatively diffuse divergent boundary while the southern convergent boundary forms the Hellenic arc.

These two plate boundaries give rise to two contrasting tectonic styles, extension on east–west trending fault zones with strike-slip tectonics on SW-NE trending fault zones throughout west and central Greece, Peloponnese and the northern Aegean and contractional in the southern Aegean, continuing around to the Ionian islands.

The south Aegean is the location of the volcanic arc and is characterized by extension. To the east of Crete along the Hellenic Arc, strike-slip tectonics with some extension become important

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