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A powerful earthquake with its epicenter to the north of Samos and estimated to be 6.6 on the Richter scale rocked both Greece and Turkey this afternoon.

“A few minutes ago we experienced a very big earthquake similar to that Samos has been experiencing for many years. People are panicking. They have gone out in the squares, in the streets,” said the President of Samos hospital workers in speaking to SKAI‘s main news bulletin.

Samos. Earthquake location.

As he mentioned, no injuries have arrived at the hospital but noted that buildings must have been damaged.

“It was an earthquake that lasted several minutes. Very strong,” he said.

The Deputy Mayor of Eastern Samos said to ANT1 that buildings have fallen and that there are reports of large waves.

One of the fallen buildings is the church of Panagia Theotokou in Karlovasi.

Samos Panagia Theotokou in Karlovasi Panagia Theotokou in Karlovasi.

 

 

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Earthquake activity increases with new and full moon cycles when lunar and solar gravitational stresses on the Earth are at a maximums. During a new moon, the Moon and Sun tag team the Earth coincidentally. During a full moon, the Earth gets sandwiched between the two.  High tide forecasts are good approximations for predicting periods of increased chances for earthquake activity. Note tomorrow's full moon. Distances between the three objects over the various orbital cycles influence the strength of this effect (these distances vary across months, years, decades). For example, one would would broadly classify the dates surrounding a new moon occurring during Earth's perihelion as a period of elevated earthquake risk as the distance to the sun is at a minimum (this minimum distance too varies through time). 

Turkey and the Aegean are positioned geographically in a seismically active region on the Earth's surface. They are located on the Anatolian Plate with the Arabian and African plate boundary to the south and the Eurasian Plate to the north. Arabia and Africa are moving north relative to the Anatolian Plate, while the Eurasian Plate is moving to the east relative to the Anatolian Plate. Turkey and the NE Med are getting sheared from the north and compressed from the south along major plate boundaries.

Tectonic-map-of-Turkey-including-major-s

 

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