Even the seismologists from yesterday are surprised, second major earthquake in Elassona.
The 5,9 Richter was an earthquake that they did not expect and as they emphasize it is not an earthquake 6 Richter, but for a new earthquake which in fact came from a new fault which was unknown until now.
The statements of Mr. are typical. Efthymi Lekka, at iefimerida.gr, as he said that last night's earthquake "is a surprise".
As he said, This is an earthquake that shook the area of Larissa, while another branch of the fault was activated, which was not known until now. Mr.. Lekkas clarified to APE-MPE that it was a second major earthquake and did not rule out a magnitude earthquake of the same magnitude.
Seismologists: Rare phenomenon of "twin" earthquakes
The two major earthquakes in approx 30 hours, have surprised all seismologists. Characteristic is the reaction of the Research Director of the Geodynamic Institute, Thanasis Ghana, who speaking on SKAI radio 100,3, He also pointed out that this is a new earthquake, which will have its own seismic sequence. He noted that this is a rare phenomenon that last appeared in Greece, it was the 2014 in Kefalonia.
From his side, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki seismology professor Costas Papazachos spoke of an "almost twin earthquake", as it was about the same size as the original. He stressed, not, that the epicenter was in the same area as yesterday's earthquake, while, although it's apparently shifted northwest, comes from the same fault. Costas Papazachos pointed out that "we have not seen the activation of neighboring faults", however, if that happens, "Will be seen in the coming days".
also, Gerasimos Papadopoulos, seismologist and former Director of Research at the Geodynamic Institute, in a post on Facebook states that both major earthquakes, according to measurements from the German Geophysical Center it was sized 6,3 Richter, stressing that the aftershocks will continue.
He spoke of a "seismic pair" regarding the two main earthquakes, stressing that it is an "extremely rare phenomenon", but also that citizens should be careful as "the danger has not passed".
The dance of earthquakes continues - The inhabitants remain in the streets
Yesterday's earthquake caused another "tsunami" of aftershocks, as dozens occurred at night in both faults in the area. After the 5,9 There were strong earthquakes on the Richter scale, with the main ones according to the Geodynamic Institute of Athens being measured in 5,1 Richter (21:23), 4,1 (20:45), 4,3 (21:31), 4,2 (22:03), 3,7 (22:41) and 3,8 (02:34).
The "dance" of earthquakes has caused great upset to the inhabitants of the surrounding areas who remain outside their homes and stay in either hotels., or in tents set up in local stadiums, mainly in the Damasi area.
Even in the city of Larissa, many residents are worried about the continuous earthquakes, decided to spend the night in their cars, fearing a new great earthquake.
In fact, for security reasons, the courthouse will not be open today.
Even in Trikala and Volos where the earthquake was particularly felt, citizens took to the streets and squares, fearing the worst. In Trikala, the schools were decided to remain closed for security reasons.
From 5,9 Richter yesterday, according to SKAI, two houses collapsed and one house caught fire, with residents staying away from their homes as it is considered dangerous to return to them. Yet, a rock from Meteora detached and fell very close to houses and the church of the Assumption of the Virgin, in the area of Mikri Aia.
Wide meeting today to manage the situation
After the new strong seismic vibration, it signaled again an alarm in the Civil Protection and today in 9 a large meeting is scheduled for the morning, in the presence of the governor of Thessaly, Costa Agorastou, and all stakeholders for the optimal coordination of actions to deal with the consequences of the earthquake.
The same time, The Undersecretary of Civil Protection and Crisis Management is in constant communication with all the competent bodies, Nikos Hardalias, who hastily sends the secretary general to the area of Elassona. B. Papageorgiou in order to be present at the meeting. The Civil Protection appealed to the residents not to enter damaged buildings
It is noted, also, that HEDNO crews are in the area for the immediate restoration of power supply problems that have arisen, especially in the village of Mesochori.
To emphasize that yesterday until before the new big earthquake, an autopsy had already been performed on them 6 Richter in 294 buildings and in 35 school units in Communities of the Municipality of Tyrnavos and Elassona today, by order of the Secretary General of Infrastructure Mr.. George Karagiannis, the effort will be stepped up 50 Engineers of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport for the fastest and most efficient autopsy in the affected areas of the Municipalities of Elassona and Tyrnavos. It is reminded that already three hotels in Trikala and two in Larissa have been leased by the Region of Thessaly for the residents who do not want to spend the night in their homes.