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Seismologist Lekkas categorically dismisses hoax of ‘huge earthquake in Crete’

Chairman of Greek Earthquake Planning and Protection Agency, Efthimios Lekkas, categorically dismiss a hoax article that an earthquake of 9.5R was going to strike the island of Crete in August.

In an interview with Real FM on Sunday morning, Lekkas spoke of a criminal offense and a despicable article that targets the internet community and at the same time it insult his scientific entity and career.

According to Greek media, an article posted on an English-speaking website alleged that professor Efthimios Lekkas in collaboration with Lithuanian seismologist named James Roguard predict a huge earthquake that will hit Crete in August.

HuffingtonPost.gr, writes that the website invites internet users to submit pranks. However, although a hoax, the post has been widely shared on internet, thus causing panic. The alleged “Lithuanian seismologist” was not a real person, the HuffPost adds.

Lekkas told Real FM that a magnitude of 9 on the Richer scale was not possible in Greece, as the tectonic plates do not given such high magnitudes. He added that the precise forecast of earthquakes is not possible.

The Chairman of the Earthquake Planning and Protection Agency urged internet users to read carefully and evaluate the source when they read something on internet.

The name of the website where the hoax article was published has not made public.

PS a hoax about a 9.5R earthquake? That’s criminal. Period.

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2 comments

  1. Basic knowledge … earthquakes are not predictable!

  2. A couple of points: Crete gets light to moderate earthquakes (magnitude 2 to 4) on a fairly regular basis, we also get a few larger ones (magnitude 5 and 6) each year as well. Mostly these bigger ones occur on the two deep strike-slip faults to the southeast of Crete. These regular light to moderate earthquakes do little damage but they do release the stresses that otherwise would build up and result in a major earthquake. Secondly, seismologists no longer use the Richter scale to measure earthquake intensity and haven’t done so for a good many years. The Richter scale does not equate well with the energy released in earthquakes above about magnitude 7. Seismologists today use the Moment Magnitude scale, which is also logarithmic like the Richter scale, but which has very good correlation with the energy released in very large earthquakes (above magnitude 7). For smaller intensity earthquakes (below magnitude 7) the Moment Magnitude and Richter scales give very similar results, but the Richter scale is so well known that most publications assume that a given earthquake magnitude must be on the Richter scale, when in fact it’s not.