A series of earthquakes have been recorded in the Evia region since Tuesday morning. It started with a 4.8-magnitude earthquake, recorded at 06:32 in the sea area 9 kilometers southeast of the village of Zarakes in Evia, or about 58 kilometers east-northeast of Athens, according to a statement from the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens. The earthquake was also felt in Athens.
This was followed by a weak earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter scale, at 07:23, at a distance of 56 km east-northeast of Athens, according to the Geodynamic Institute, with the epicentre of the tremor located in the sea area 8 km northeast of Nea Styra, Evia.
One minute later, at 07:24, a new earthquake of magnitude 4.2 occurred in the sea area 8 km southeast of Zaraki in Evia, 56 km east-northeast of Athens.
The director of the Geodynamic Institute, Seismology Professor Akis Tselentis, was reassuring concerning the earthquake risk after the 4.8 magnitude tremor in Evia on Tuesday.
“It was most likely the main earthquake,” Tselentis said to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) and added that there will be an extensive post-seismic sequence.
As he pointed out, the earthquake was felt as far as away as Corinth, while the region from which it originated has no history of significant seismic activity.
The professor of seismology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Manolis Skordilis, was optimistic about the seismic activity recorded early on Tuesday morning in the region of Evia. In his statements to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), he clarified that there was no historical evidence to show that there were strong earthquakes in the area.
“The fact that past earthquakes have been recorded 30 to 40 kilometers away from the epicentre of the current earthquake gives an optimistic message,” Skordilis said, adding that Tuesday’s tremors indicate a minor activation in the area but that there is no reason for concern.