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Earthquake in Turkey has nothing to do with Greece, says seismologist

The 6.8-magnitude earthquake in eastern Turkey has nothing to do with Greece, Direrctor of Greek Earthquake Planning and Prevention, Efthymios Lekkas said on Saturday.

The geo-tectonic composition of the earthquake-stricken area is completely different from that of Greece and there is also no correlation between the tectonic structures that could transport earthquake activity in Greece, Lekkas told news agency amna.

Epicenter of the earthquake in South-East Turkey was Doganyol between Elazig and Malatya in the East Anatolian fault line.

It has more to do with the Cyprus arc than with the Greek arc, he said.

Other seismologists from Greece, a country also with a strong seismic activity, did not rule out that the East Anatolian fault line may activate other fault lines.

The powerful earthquake in August 1999 in the MArmara region occurred on the North Anatolian fault line and triggered an earthquake in Athens a month later.

Lekkas did not rule out a new very strong aftershock of the same magnitude as the 6.8 R on Friday night.

One seismologists told media that earthquake of such magnitude normally produce aftershocks slightly below, something that has not happened so far.

More than 400 aftershocks have followed the 6.8R of Friday with the strongest to be 5.4R.

Lekkas and his colleagues will travel to the earthquake-stricken area in SE Turkey.

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