Abstract

The Mygdonian Basin is located about 45 km NE of the city center of Thessaloniki in northern Greece. We conducted an electromagnetic (EM) survey that covers parts of the epicenter area between Lake Volvi and Lake Langada of the local 1978 earthquake that caused structural damage in the city center of Thessaloniki. Ambient noise measurements in the basin strongly suggest a complex 3-D tectonic setting. Hence, near-surface electromagnetic measurements were carried out to map the local fault pattern in the research area. We conducted radiomagnetotelluric (RMT) and transient electromagnetic (TEM) measurements along eight profiles, giving a total number of 443 RMT and 107 TEM soundings to study the spatial electrical conductivity distribution. In this context, RMT data are used to study the shallow conductivity structure down to about 35 m, whereas the TEM data explore the conductivity distribution down to a depth of 200 m. The 1-D and 2-D interpretation of RMT and TEM data indicate a local fault pattern in the survey area that was also studied by 3-D modeling of the RMT data.

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