What seismologists say about the new earthquake that shook Crete

By | May 18, 2023

Riot prevailed in his area. tableswhere an earthquake occurred 5.1 Richter.

The inhabitants of areas like Fates, Tympakias well as villages on the border with southern Rethymnon, left their homes, however, no damage or problems have been reported so far, the Athenian-Macedonian News Agency reports.

According to the regional commander of the Cretan Fire Service, Giorgos Tsikalasvehicles with firefighters are already on the way and doing checks, in order to identify possible problems

Papadopoulos: Very careful monitoring is required

“Very careful monitoring and evaluation by scientists and protective measures by local authorities are required, as foreseen in the ENGELADOS Operational Plan,” notes seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos, commenting on the new earthquake. , which occurred this afternoon south of Heraklion and was felt throughout Crete.


“Strong earthquake in southern Crete with a magnitude of 5.1 at 21:58. Centered on land 10 km southwest of Moira. It was preceded by a few minor earthquakes and yesterday there was a magnitude 4.2 earthquake at the same epicenter. Very careful monitoring and evaluation by scientists and protective measures by local authorities are required, as provided in the EGLADOS Operational Plan.characteristically notes Mr. papadopoulos.


Celentis: In the next few hours you will understand many aftershocks

the seismologist Akis Tselentis emphasizes that this particular earthquake “It is a continuation of the sequence that began two days ago. It is too early to reach a certain conclusion about the evolution of the phenomenon. Because there are cracks in the area that can give slightly larger sizes, I have a reservation. Due to the bad structural fabric of the area, care is required and if the buildings are old, especially stone ones, let’s avoid them.In the next few hours due to the small focal depth many aftershocks will be understood.You should definitely apply the well-known earthquake prevention measures “.

Lekkas: This is a fault known to scientists

Speaking to protothema.gr, the president of the OASP, professor Efthymios Lekkas He emphasized that it is still too early to say whether it is the mainshock, while adding that there will definitely be aftershocks.

It is considered a medium-sized earthquake, he said.

He added that this is a fault known to scientists. The epicenter is at Moiras with a focal depth of approximately 10 kilometers.

You win: Close monitoring is needed to understand what is happening there

For his part, the Research Director of the Institute of Geodynamics, Tanasis Ganasstated to “Kathimerini”: “This is a strong earthquake, which is not related to the Arkalochori earthquake. It is at the southern end of the Mesara Basin rift and needs close monitoring to understand what is happening there.” .

At the same time, Civil Protection of the Crete Region recommends peace of mind and stresses that “only expert scientists inform us”.

instructions in case of earthquake

What to do – Inside the house

• Attach shelves and bookcases firmly to the walls. Move tall furniture away from doors that could tip over and block the exit.
• Securely bolt water heater, fuel and water tanks to walls.
• Put heavy items on the lowest shelves.
• Remove heavy objects from the top of beds and sofas.
• Secure light fixtures and ceiling fans.

Identify well-protected areas in each room of the house:

• Under sturdy desks or tables.
• Away from glass surfaces and shelves.
• Away from external walls.

Check the correct operation of the electricity and natural gas supply network.

• Indicate to family members how to disconnect the main light, water and gas switches and the emergency telephone numbers (112, 199, 166, 100, etc.).
• Get a portable radio with batteries, a flashlight, and a first aid kit.

outside the house

Choose a safe meeting place after the earthquake that is:

• away from buildings and trees
• away from telephone and electrical wires.

When there is an earthquake – If you are inside the house

Keep your humor.

• Take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture (table, desk, desk), kneel down and hold your leg with your hands.
• If there is no sturdy furniture, kneel in the middle of the room, lowering your height as much as possible and protecting your head and neck with your hands. Stay away from large glass surfaces (windows, glass partitions) or furniture and objects that could injure you.
• Do not try to move house. Don’t go out on the balcony.

– If you are in a tall building
• Stay away from windows and exterior walls.
• If you are at an entertainment venue, mall, or large store.

Keep your humor.

• Stay in the area until the vibration stops.
• Don’t be swept away by the terrified mob rampaging towards the exits or you risk being trampled.

– If you are in an open space.
• Stay away from areas under buildings, telephone or power lines.
• If you carry a bag or briefcase with you, cover your head with it.

– If you are in the car
• Take shelter in an open area and stop the car carefully so as not to block traffic.
• Avoid going through tunnels, bridges or overpasses.

What to do after the earthquake – If you are indoors

• Prepare for any aftershock.
• Check yourself and those around you carefully for possible injuries.
• If there are serious injuries, do not move them.
• Evacuate the building through the stairwell (do not use the elevator), after first turning off the electricity, gas and water switches.
• Escape to a safe, open area.
• Follow the instructions of the Authorities and do not listen to the rumors.
• Do not use your car unnecessarily so as not to become an obstacle to the work of the rescue teams.
• Use your landline or mobile phone in exceptional cases, because the telephone networks are overloaded.
• Avoid entering your home if you see damage, cut wires, LPG or natural gas leaks.

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