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The Greek island of Zakynthos has shifted at least three inches because of the powerful earthquake that occurred on October 26, said the head of research of the Institute of geodynamics of the Athens Observatory Athanasios Ganas in interview to the newspaper «NEA».
The earthquake of a magnitude of 6.4 occurred on the night of October 26. After the main shock there were many aftershocks, including five with magnitude more than 4. Many residents of the Islands spent the night on the street.
According to Ganesa, analysis of satellite images the European space Agency suggests that the island was moved at least three inches to the southwest.
He added that the quake was caused in the Western part of the so-called Hellenic arc tectonic fault. Here is a movement in opposite directions of the African and Eurasian plates.
The Chairman of the organization of antiseismic planning and protection Professor Efthimios Lenkas the publication said that the damage was unusually small for such a powerful earthquake. In his opinion, part of the seismic energy aimed at Zakynthos intercepted transverse faults, who played the role of shock absorber.
Lenkas said that the earthquake caused a tsunami height of 70 centimeters, the wave reached Italy in 56 minutes. Earlier it was reported that the tsunami height was 20 centimeters.
Previously, the Institute of geodynamics of the National Observatory of Athens announced that a new earthquake near the Greek island of Zakynthos with the magnitude of 5.3 happened on Tuesday morning. Earthquake recorded in 04.59 local time (05.59 GMT), the center was located at 48 kilometers southwest of Zakynthos and 294 kilometers West of Athens, according to the Observatory. Information about destructions or victims.
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