Greek seismologists are on alert and monitor the seismic activity in Crete with a total of 100 small and medium-size earthquakes during the last 6 days.
Geodesy Research Institute Research Director Gerasimos Chouliaras posted a map with the seismic activity of the past 30 days incl the strong earthquakes in Albania, Bosnia, the Greek seismic arch and Crete.
Seismology professor and Research Director at the Geodynamic Institute, Athanasios Ganas told protothema that the seismic activity is part of the usual seismic activity of the Greek fault line. He added, though, that it is not yet clear whether it is a normal high-frequency cluster or prelude to a large quake.
Speaking on Open TV, Research Director at the Geodetic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens, Gerasimos Papadopoulos, emphasized that the Greek seismic arc has been destabilized, the African plate is projecting further earthquakes, yet not necessarily large ones.
“On Tuesday night, the seismic activity shifted to the East of Crete, with a moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake and also significant focal depth.
A few hours later there was another earthquake of about 140 kilometers on the Kea Sea. The birth of a series of deep earthquakes in the general area of Crete and the Southwest Aegean is probably not accidental, ”Papadopoulos estimated.