Meeting for a major earthquake in Western Greece and the Ionian – What scientists have said


The seismic activity in Western Greece and the Ionian islands is under the microscope of scientists. Most of the seismologists who participated in the OASP Earthquake Risk Assessment Committee appeared reassuring, but there were also some who demanded increased state preparedness

No new evidence to justify the adoption of specific measures  in the Ionian area  for an imminent  earthquake,  said its president, professor of seismology, Konstantinos Makropoulos, to ANA-MPA  . This assessment also came up with the Earthquake Risk Assessment and Seismic Assessment Committee, which met today at OASP.


The  president of the EPPO , Professor  Efthymios Lekkas  briefed the Committee members on the actions that have been initiated by the Agency. Mr. Lekkas stressed that, in cooperation with the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, the annual update of the existing Operational Plans of the Regions for their earthquake protection was carried out.

“I think that the defense of the area is high, so the risk is extremely low,”  said  Lekkas in a statement issued after the meeting. Mr.  Lekkas also says that he told his colleagues that  “we must be extremely careful in statements about forecasts that can cause social upheaval . 

The committee’s decision was almost unanimous with 19-1 . The only  downside was the Geodynamic Institute’s research director  Gerasimos Houliaras , who asked for more preparedness on behalf of the state.

It is noted that Professor  Akis Tselentis ,  director of the Geodynamic Institute of Athens, has  reported that they have been sent to scientific institutes, recordings of the Van Group for a strong earthquake in the Ionian Sea.

Responding to a REA-MPA question if we expect an earthquake of the 7th rhythm in the Ionian Sea, Professor  Konstantinos Makropoulos  said that  “the Ionian is the Ionian Sea and has the highest seismicity in Greece”,  recalling that the great earthquakes in Lefkada in the 14th century Cephalonia in the 15th exceeded the 6.5 rhythm.

“This is what the inhabitants of the Ionian Islands know and that is why they are prepared to shield their structures,”  said Mr.  Makropoulos .

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