A magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit the island of Evia in central Greece in the early hours of Tuesday. The tremor was felt in Athens, but no damages have been reported.
According to the National Observatory of Athens (NOA,) the earthquake hit at 6:32 am local time at a shallow depth of ten kilometers.
The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours as seismologists review data and refine their calculations or as other agencies issue their reports.
A barrage of aftershocks followed after the initial tremor of 4.7 Richter. By 7:30 in the morning, three aftershocks of magnitude 4.1, 3.2, and 2.2 were felt in the Attica basin.
The mayor of Karystos, Lefteris Raviolos, said that the earthquake was very evident in southern Evia. “Fortunately, no damage has been reported,” he added according to in.gr.
Seismologists are monitoring the phenomenon and cannot say that the first earthquake was the main one. The fact, however, that aftershocks are occurring shows that the phenomenon is easing.
Greece is in an earthquake zone
Last week, a strong earthquake of 5.5 on the Richter scale hit northeast of Crete. The epicenter of the quake was in the sea area between Crete and the islands of Kasos and Karpathos. No damage has been reported.
In September 2021, hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged following the powerful 5.8 earthquake that hit central Crete.
Hundreds of people in the affected region of Crete spent several nights in tents and parks or slept in their cars in the wake of the earthquake, which struck the village of Arkalochori, killing one person and injuring at least twenty.
In October 2022, a magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit south of Crete, causing no damage or injuries.
Greece lies in a highly seismically-active region. The vast majority of earthquakes cause no damage or injuries, however.
The country is located in a complex geological boundary zone in the eastern Mediterranean between the African and Eurasian Plates.
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 thirty millimeters (one inch) per year while the African Plate is subducting northward beneath the Aegean Sea Plate at a rate of about forty millimeters (1.6 inches) per year.