On the association of aerosol optical depth and total ozone fluctuations with recent earthquakes in Greece

Costas A. Varotsos (Lead / Corresponding author), Maria N. Efstathiou, Arthur P. Cracknell

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Abstract

A number of recent studies suggest that atmospheric changes that precede an earthquake might offer the hope of providing early warning. This study attempts to examine seismo-atmospheric anomalies around the time and the location of some of the major earthquakes in Greece in the period 2001–2015. Daily values of aerosol optical depth (AOD) and total ozone column (TOZ) obtained from satellite observations are used, in the time window between 25 days before and 14 days after each of these events, in a 1° × 1° area centred on the epicentre of each earthquake. For some of these earthquake events, abnormal increases in time series of AOD and TOZ data were detected before and after the occurrence of the earthquake. Nevertheless, in other cases, no clear anomalies were observed around the earthquake date. In addition, examining the statistics of AOD and TOZ daily values, there were many cases of prominent abnormal variations, without, however, being associated with an earthquake event. Therefore, no clear association was found between AOD and TOZ fluctuations and recent earthquakes in Greece.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-665
Number of pages7
JournalActa Geophysica
Volume65
Issue number4
Early online date5 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Aerosol
  • Atmospheric changes
  • Earthquakes
  • Ozone

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