Earthquake Activity in West Asia: Seismicity in the Mediterranean Sea and Evaluation of the Strong Motion for the AD 365 Crete Earthquake Using the Stochastic Green’s Function

  • Tsuneo Ohsumi
  • Yuji Yagi


The West Asian region is an active area of crustal deformation where many historically huge earthquakes have occurred and crustal movement has continued up to the present. The severe Crete earthquake of the fourth century produced a huge tsunami that caused heavy damage throughout the Mediterranean region. This paper attempts to reproduce the ground motions of the 365 Crete earthquake by using stochastic Green’s function method with realistic phases information from observed waveforms of 2013 Crete Island earthquake (Mw 6.4) and its aftershock.


Ground Motion Subduction Zone Seismic Intensity Earthquake Ground Motion North Anatolian Fault 
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The authors acknowledge the kind help during their reconnaissance given by Professor Gerassimos A. Papadopoulos, Institute of Geodynamics National Observatory of Athens, who provided the authors with important shear velocity structures in the Aegean area. The authors are indebted to Professor Eleftheria Papadimitriou and Associate Professor Vassilis Karakostas, Aristotele University of Thessaloniki, who provided the authors with important waveform data obtained from Crete Island.

The authors were provided with important information and constructive comments for the stochastic Green’s function method by Mr. Yasuhiro Fukushima, Eight-Japan Engineering Consultants Inc.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Integrated Research on Disaster Risk ReductionUniversity National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED)TsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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