Strong earthquake off Mount Athos: What the first measurements showed

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According to information from Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) the exact focus of the vibration is locatedoff the Gulf of Siggitiko in Sithonia namely 33 km east of Sykia and 139 km southeast of Thessaloniki.

The vibration occurred at 14:48 and had focal depth 5 km, according to the same source.

For its part, its automatic solution Geodynamic Institute of Athens measured the quake with a magnitude of 5,4 on the Richter scale.

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According to the same source, the epicenter is located 20 km south southwest of Mount Athos and 132 km east southeast of Thessaloniki.

In contrast to the EMSC, the Geodynamic Institute recorded focal depth at 19 km.

Earthquake protection measures

Citizens can find specific instructions on what to do during and after an earthquake on the website of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection. The instructions are as follows:

When there is an earthquake

If you are in the house

  • Keep your cool.
  • Lie under a sturdy piece of furniture (table, desk, desk), kneel and hold his foot with your hands.
  • If there is no durable furniture, kneel in the middle of the room, reducing your height as much as possible and protect your head and neck with your hands. Avoid large glass surfaces (windows, glass partitions) or furniture and objects that may injure you.
  • Do not try to leave the house.
  • Do not go out on the balcony.

If you are in a tall building

  • Move away from windows and exterior walls.
  • If you are in an entertainment venue, mall or department store
  • Keep your cool.
  • Stay in the area until the vibration is over.
  • Do not be fooled by the panicked crowd that moves erratically towards the exits because you risk being trampled.

If you are outdoors

  • Move away from areas under buildings, telephone or electrical cables.
  • If you carry a bag or briefcase, cover your head with them.
    If you are in the car
  • Take refuge in the open and carefully stop the car so as not to obstruct traffic.
  • Avoid passing through tunnels, bridges or overpasses.

What to do after the earthquake if you are inside the house

  • Prepare for any aftershocks.
  • Examine yourself and those around you carefully for possible injuries
  • If there are seriously injured do not move them.
  • Evacuate the building from the stairwell (do not use the elevator), after first turning off the electricity, gas and water switches.
  • Take refuge in an open and safe place.
  • Follow the instructions of the Authorities and do not pay attention to gossip.
  • Do not use your car unnecessarily so as not to become an obstacle to the work of rescue teams.
  • Use your landline or mobile phone in exceptional cases, as it causes the telephone networks to be overloaded.
  • Do not enter your home if you see damage, cut cables, gas leakage or gas.