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Evidence of seismic activity detected close to Vilnius shows that earthquakes had occurred in Lithuania before


Although no single earthquake epicentre has been registered in Lithuania so far, the seismic textures which have been recently detected in Buivydžiai exposure close to Vilnius suggest that there had definitely been earthquakes in the country’s geological past. According to Jonas Satkūnas, Director of the Lithuanian Geological Survey (LGS) under the Ministry of Environment, such textures are a very rare phenomenon as the territory of our country is not seismically active.

Seismic textures – sediment patterns – are formed as a result of soil liquefaction due to vibrations caused by an earthquake. For example, many analogous structures were detected in Japan after the strong Tohoku earthquake which took place in March 2011. The LGS consulted the Japanese experts regarding the origin of the Buivydžiai seismic textures. Based on the Buivydžiai exposure data, they were formed as a result of the earthquake which had occurred before the last glaciations.

Communication Division
7 March 2017

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas