If you felt your furniture or cappuccino freddo shaking earlier today, that was a 4.1 earthquake in the sea just north of Skopelos town and equidistant between Skopelos and Alonnisos. The seismic map (above) at the Athens University geophysics department recorded it at ten kilometres below sea level. The Sporades sit on a tectonic fault that runs across the northern Aegean into Turkey, where major seismic activity has caused serious earthquakes. Apart from the 1965 earthquake that killed two people and damaged many buildings on Alonnisos and Skopelos, the islands have been spared major earthquake damage over the centuries.
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