What cause earthquakes in Greece

Greece is one of the world's most seismically active countries.

Fortunately, most Greek earthquakes are relatively mild but there is always the potential for more severe seismic activity. Greek builders are aware of this and modern Greek buildings are built to be safe during earthquakes. Similar quakes often strike nearby Turkey and result in much more extensive damage and injuries due to less-strict building codes.

Most of Greece, Crete, and the Greek islands are contained in a "box" of fault lines running in different directions. This is in addition to the earthquake potential from the still-lively volanoes, including the Nysiros Volcano, thought by some experts to be overdue for a major eruption.

Check on A Recent Earthquake in Greece

The Institute of Geodynamics in Greece lists recent earthquake data on its website, which offers both a Greek- and English-language version. They show the epicenter, intensity, and graph other information about every temblor that strikes Greece.

Undersea Earthquakes

Many of the quakes that strike Greece have their epicenters under the sea. While these can shake up surrounding islands, they rarely cause severe damage.

The ancient Greeks attributed earthquakes to the God of the Sea, Poseidon, perhaps because so many of them were centered under the waters.

The Athens Earthquake of 1999

One severe quake was the Athens Earthquake of 1999, which struck just outside of Athens itself. The suburbs where it struck were among Athens' poorest, with many old buildings. Over a hundred buildings collapsed, more than 100 people were killed, and many others were injured or left homeless.

The Earthquake of 1953

On March 18, 1953 a quake called the Yenice-Gonen Quake struck Turkey and Greece, resuling in the devastation of a number of places and islands. Many of the "typical" Greek buildings we see on the islands today actually date from after this quake, which occurred before modern building codes were in place.

Earthquakes in Ancient Greece

Many earthquakes are recorded in ancient Greece, some of which were severe enough to wipe out cities or cause coastal settlements to virtually disappear.

The Eruption of Thira (Santorini)

Some earthquakes in Greece are caused by volcanoes, including the one which forms the island of Santorini. This is the volcano that exploded in the Bronze Age, sending up a huge cloud of debris and dust, and turning a once-round island into a pale crescent of its former self. Some experts see this disaster as ending the ascendency of the Minoan civilization based on Crete just 70 miles away from Thira. This eruption also caused a tsunami, though how devastating it really was is a matter of debate for both scholars and volcanologists.

Tsunamis in Greece

After the devastating tsunami which struck the Pacific Ocean in 2004, Greece decided to install a tsunami-detection system of its own. At present it is still untested but is meant to give warning of any potentially large waves approaching the Greek islands. But fortunately, the type of earthquake which caused 2004's devastating Asian tsunami is not common in the region of Greece.

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