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.