The Greek Database of Seismogenic Sources (GreDaSS): state-of-the-art for northern Greece

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Riccardo Caputo
Alexandros Chatzipetros
Spyros Pavlides
Sotiris Sboras


The Greek Database of Seismogenic Sources (GreDaSS) is a repository of geological, tectonic and active-fault data for the Greek territory and its surroundings. In this report, we present the state-of-the-art of an on-going project devoted to the building of the GreDaSS, which represents the results of decades of investigations by the authors and a myriad of other researchers working on the active tectonics of the broader Aegean Region. The principal aim of this international project is to create a homogeneous framework of all of the data relevant to the seismotectonics, and especially the seismic hazard assessment, of Greece and its surroundings, as well as to provide a common research platform for performing seismic hazard analyses, modeling and scenarios from specific seismogenic structures. In particular, we introduce and synthetically describe the results obtained (and included in the database) to date in the northern sector of continental Greece and the Aegean Sea. As a first step we collected all available (both published and unpublished) historical and instrumental seismicity data relevant to the determining of the causative faults. Following the experience of recent 'surprising' earthquakes (e.g. 1995 Kozani, and 1999 Athens), we realized the deficiency of such an approach, and decided to also include in the GreDaSS active faults (i.e. seismogenic sources) recognized on the basis of geological, structural, morphotectonic, paleoseismological and geophysical investigations. A second step is the critical analysis of all of the collected data for the extraction of the necessary seismotectonic information, enabling the recognition of as many seismogenic sources as possible, as well as their characterization and parameterization. The most updated version of the database consists of numerous seismogenic sources that are categorized into three types: composite, individual, and debated. In this report, we describe the major seismotectonic properties of all of the composite seismogenic sources and individual seismogenic sources in northern Greece, which imply the partitioning of the area into five sectors that show similar internal behavior. Northern Greece was chosen as a pilot area because the parameters and accompanied metadata of its seismogenic sources show a high level of confidence and completeness. The amount of information and the degree of uncertainty is different for the three types.


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Caputo, R., Chatzipetros, A., Pavlides, S. and Sboras, S. (2013) “The Greek Database of Seismogenic Sources (GreDaSS): state-of-the-art for northern Greece”, Annals of Geophysics, 55(5). doi: 10.4401/ag-5168.

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