February 2, 2023

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Gerasimos Papadopoulos: "The chances of an earthquake in Greece of magnitude 6 or slightly more in 2023 increase"

Seismology professor Gerasimos Papadopoulos has estimated the likelihood of an earthquake measuring over 6 on the Richter scale in 2023 in Greece.

Commenting on the recent earthquake of magnitude 4.9 on the Richter scale in Mytilene and the intense post-quake activity in Evia, the professor noted:

“Greece, on average, experiences an earthquake of magnitude 6 on the Richter scale or higher every year. The past year has passed without a single earthquake with a magnitude of more than five and a half or six or more. Thus, the chances of an earthquake in Greece with a magnitude of 6 and a little more in 2023 increase.”

However, he is reassuring, noting: “Too many earthquakes occur at sea without negative consequences. Therefore, we must weigh everything and see that the seismic activity in Greece is very high, but at the same time moderate, because many strong earthquakes occur in the underwater environment. Others take place on land, but far from populated areas.”

The professor of seismology explains:

“All this gives us a picture of shocks, far from the geophysical picture of earthquakes. Geophysical picture – yes, many earthquakes with large magnitudes. But the consequences are much smaller than one would expect if all earthquakes occurred near urban centers, which is not our case.”

In conclusion, Gerasimos Papadopoulos recommended “preparation, information, education, exercises in schools, emergency plans by the central civil protection authorities. These institutions must be constantly improved, offering effective support to the society”, writes newsbeast.gr.

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