Professor Lekkas: Possibility for strong quake in the region of Lesvos very slight

The possibility for a strong earthquake is slight, head of the Antiseismic Planning and Protection Organisation Efthimios Lekkas stated on Monday following the fourth moderate tremor recorded in the region of the island of Lesvos.

Speaking to Athens-Macedonian News Agency’s radio “Praktoreio 104.9 FM”, Lekkas noted that the scientific factors and our knowledge over the seismic characteristics of the area lead us to a conclusion with two positive facts for the Greek territory and the surrounding area.

The first is that it is a very intense seismic activity which wasn’t located inside the Greek territory but clearly inside the Turkish territory, Professor Lekkas said. The second very important fact is that it is an activity that “it is very difficult to pass to the Greek territory because there are underground structures “dams” which protect from the reactivation of the faults on Lesvos’ side so the seismic activity is very difficult to pass to the Greek side.

“The possibility of a strong quake is slight,” underlined Lekkas noting that an earthquake should be over 6 on the Richter scale in order to have an impact on Greece’s structures and be local because as 6 Richter quake is 33 times stronger than a 5 Richter quake, he explained.