According to preliminary data released by Greek scientists on Wednesday, the Greek island of Samos has risen 18-25 cm (9.84 inches) after it was struck by a powerful earthquake on Friday,
The massive earthquake, which measured 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale, killed two teenagers and left many buildings either completely or partially destroyed on the island.
Destruction was widespread in the nearby Turkish city of Izmir (Smyrna) as well, where 113 people died and countless buildings collapsed after the violent earthquake.
The epicenter of the powerful quake, felt across Greece and Turkey, was located in the Aegean Sea, about 16 km (about 10 miles) north of Samos. Its force caused a series of mini-tsunamis to hit both Samos and Izmir.
A team of Greek scientists from the School of Geology and Geoenvironment at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens went to Samos after the quake in order to survey the impact it had on both the island’s topography and the state of its buildings.
According to their findings, the altitude at both the northern and southern parts of the island had permanently elevated 18 to 25 cm (9.84 inches) from its pre-earthquake elevation, due the tectonic plate activity which caused the earthquake.
The elevation change can clearly be seen in rocks along the shoreline, showing several inches of algae which had been beneath the surface of the water, now above sea level.
The full data and details of the study, which is still ongoing, will be released in the next edition of the National and Kapodistrian University’s Newsletter of Environmental, Disaster, and Crisis Management Strategies.