New paper on the archaeoseismology of Athens

A new paper on the archaeoseismology of Athens, Greece, was published in the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering by AMraseys and Psycharis. The authors investigated two classical columns at the Akropolis which survived since classical times and modelled the behaviour of the structures under dynamic (seismic) load. They explain observed damages at the columns and also estimate maximum ground movement that would have toppled the columns. It looks like Old Athens has been relatively lucky in terms of earthquakes in the past, despite it is surrounded by active faults… Ambraseys, N. and Psycharis, I.N. 2012: Assessment of the long-term seismicity of Athens from two classical columns.Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 10, Issue 6, 1635-1666. DOI: 10.1007/s10518-012-9388-1.

An offset column at the Athens Akropolis. Note: This is not the column from the paper!

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Who was it?

Christoph Grützner
works at the Neotectonics and Natural Hazards Group, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He likes the Mediterranean and uses geophysics to search for ancient earthquakes.