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Some photos of EEEs caused by the Cephalonia M6.0 earthquake

On 26 January and 3 February, two strong and shallow earthquakes of magnitude 6+ occured at the island of Kefalonia/Cephalonia in Western Greece. The events caused intense damage to buildings and infrastructure. A team of EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute) scientists went to the island to map these kind of damages. Earthquake Environmental Effects (EEE) like rockfalls, landslides, and lateral spreading were also caused by the events. George Papathanassiou and his colleagues mapped these features and sent me the following photos from Lixouri.

Lixouri beach front, image courtesy of George Papathanassiou

Lixouri beach front, image courtesy of George Papathanassiou

Lixouri beach front, image courtesy of George Papathanassiou

George told me that they are currently mapping the EEEs using their Earthquake Geosurvey App, which was released recently and presented during the 4th PATA Days conference in Aachen. Download the paper here (pdf, 220 kb): Papathanassiou and Kopsachilis 2013 – EARTHQUAKE GEOSURVEY, AN APPLICATION FOR REPORTING EARTHQUAKE-INDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS

Up to now, hundreds of aftershocks took place in Cephalonia, some of which were strong enough to be felt widely.

Mainshocks and aftershocks of the Cephalonia earthquake series. Color scale represents depth, blue is 1km, red is 20 km depth. Circle size represents magnitudes, smallest circles = M1.0, largest circle = M6.2. Seismicity data from EMSC, background imagery from GoogleEarth, overlay created with GeoMapApp.

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and is looking for ancient earthquakes.

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