EGU21-10967, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Scaling properties of the Mw7.0 Samos (Greece), 2020 aftershock sequence.

Filippos Vallianatos1,2 and Kyriaki Pavlou1,2
Filippos Vallianatos and Kyriaki Pavlou
  • 1Section of Geophysics – Geothermics, Department of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 15784 Panepistimiopolis, Athens, Greece,
  • 2Institute of Physics of Earth’s Interior and Geohazards, UNESCO Chair on Solid Earth Physics and Geohazards Risk Reduction, Hellenic Mediterranean University Research Center, Grete, Greece

On October 30, 2020 a strong shallow earthquake of magnitude Mw=7.0 occurred on the Eastern edge of Aegean Sea. The epicenter was located on the North offshore of the Greek island of Samos. The aim of our work is to present a first analysis of the scaling properties observed in the aftershock sequence as reported until December 31, 2020, as numerous seismic clusters activated. Our analysis is focused on the main of the clusters observed in the East area of the activated fault zone and strongly related with the main shock’s fault. The aftershock sequence follows the Omori law with a value of p≈1.01 for the main cluster which is remarkably close to a logarithmic evolution. The analysis of interevent times distribution, based on non-extensive statistical physics indicates a system in an anomalous equilibrium with a cross over from anomalous (q>1) to normal (q=1) statistical mechanics, for great interevent times. A discussion of the cross over observed, in terms of superstatistics is given. In addition the obtained value q≈1.67 suggests a system with one degree of freedom. Furthermore, an scaling of the migration of aftershock zone as a function of the logarithm of time is discussed in terms of rate strengthening rheology that govern the evolution of afterslip process.


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We acknowledge support of this work by the project “HELPOS – Hellenic System for Lithosphere Monitoring” (MIS 5002697) which is implemented under the Action “Reinforcement of the Research and Innovation Infrastructure”, funded by the Operational Programme "Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation" (NSRF 2014-2020) and co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund).

How to cite: Vallianatos, F. and Pavlou, K.: Scaling properties of the Mw7.0 Samos (Greece), 2020 aftershock sequence., EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-10967,, 2021.