Earthquake shakes Athens again; new storms brewing

A new 4.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded near the island of Evia early evening on Wednesday, but was felt widely across the Greek capital.
A new 4.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded near the island of Evia early evening on Wednesday, but was felt widely across the Greek capital.

There is no cause for concern from the new earthquake of 4.3 Richter that occurred in Evia, argues seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos, stressing that another strong aftershock in the coming days is not excluded.

For his part, seismologist Efthymis Lekkas adds that it is positive to have earthquakes of this magnitude in the region.

"The earthquake is part of the post-seismic activity," said seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos speaking to ERT.

"The earthquake has a magnitude of 4.3 on the Richter scale and the epicenter is located in Nea Styra in South Evia, that is, in the area that was activated at the end of November. Since then, the aftershocks have continued, so I am of the opinion that today's is also part of the aftershock sequence of the strong 5 Richter magnitude earthquake that occurred on the night of November 29 in the same area. There should be no particular cause for concern."

He also added: "From November 29 until today, the aftershocks with smaller magnitudes have not stopped. The seismic sequence will continue and may reach magnitudes above 4 Richter, just as it happened today. This possibility is not ruled out, that there will be another aftershock in the next few days with a noticeable magnitude."
Lekkas: It is positive to have such sizes

"We are entering a period of normality in the region, it is positive to have such figures," seismologist Efthymis Lekkas pointed out, speaking to ERT, following the new 4.3-magnitude earthquake that occurred in the afternoon, again centered on Evia.

The new seismic tremor "shaken" Evia and was particularly felt in Athens.

According to the Geodynamic Institute's revised solution, the tremor measured 4.3 on the Richter scale.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located 8 Km. SE of Zaraki in Evia, while the focal depth was 13.5 km.


Moreover, in related news, unstable weather is forecast today  in several regions of the country. Local rains are expected mainly in the west, in the north and in the Eastern Aegean.

There is a chance of storms in the northwest. Limited visibility and fog at night and early morning. Southerlies with intensities up to 6 Beaufort in the seas. High temperatures for the season.

In more detail, on Thursday, December 15th, 2022, clouds are expected throughout the country, with local rains in several areas. The phenomena will be more important in the Ionian, in the western and northern continental areas, where after noon they will weaken, as well as in the islands of the Eastern Aegean and the Dodecanese, where they will intensify in the evening.

Scattered thunderstorms are likely in the northwest. At night and early in the morning visibility will be locally limited and fog will form. Atmospheric conditions favor the transport of African dust to the Aegean and Crete.

The temperature will vary in Northern Greece from 2 to 17 degrees, in Epirus from 9 to 21 degrees, in Thessaly from 7 to 20 degrees, in the rest of the mainland from 10 to 21-22 degrees, in the Ionian Islands from 15 to 20 degrees and in the islands of the Aegean from 10 to 20 degrees, while in North Crete the maximum will locally reach 24-25 degrees Celsius.

The winds will blow in the Aegean from southern directions with intensities of 4-5 Beaufort and at times locally 6 Beaufort. In the Ionian Sea, south-southeasterly winds of 3-4 Beaufort will blow, gradually strengthening to 5 Beaufort and from the evening locally 6 Beaufort.

In Attica we expect clouds with the possibility of light rain until the morning hours. Visibility will be locally limited, especially from the afternoon hours, and fog may form. Winds will blow from south directions with intensities of 3-4 Beaufort. The temperature will range from 15 to 19-20 degrees.

In Thessaloniki we expect clouds, with an increased chance of light rain until the morning. From the afternoon hours the visibility will be limited and fogs may form. Winds will blow mainly from the east with intensities of 2-4 Beaufort. The temperature will range from 10 to 15 degrees.