Greek Seismologists Fear Activation of Fault May Cause 6.6 Richter Earthquake off Lesvos

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Last Update: 14:00

Greek seismologists are concerned about the activation of a fault 10 to 15 km north of Lesvos that can cause a 6.6 Richter earthquake.

Professor of seismology at Aristotle Univerity of Thessaloniki Constantinos Papazachos expressed his view after the three earthquakes above 5 points on the Richter scale rocked the island in the last 24 hours, with the latest being 5.3 degrees on the Richter Scale at 4:24 am on Tuesday.

Papazachos spoke on SKAI television saying that the fault in the area had generated a 6.6 Richter earthquake that caused severe damages in the northern part of the island in 1865.

The seismologist spoke of a “difficult” phenomenon in progress, noting that the fact that there are many small earthquakes means that a stronger one will follow.

“Many small, accumulated earthquakes normally generate a larger earthquake,” Papazachos said.

According to the seismologist, the Mytilene town community should take preventive  measures although this rift “has never caused damages in Mytilene, but has created problems in the northern part of the island.”

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