A total of 300 buildings on the Aegean island of Samos have so far been judged to be temporarily as unsafe for habitation among all those inspected by infrastructure ministry civil engineers up until late on Sunday.
Fifty-seven civil engineers went to the island a few hours after the strong quake on Friday afternoon to assess the damage to buildings as well as to the island’s ports and other infrastructure.
Meanwhile, a slighter quake, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, was recorded at 1:58 PM on Monday near the island of Samos.
According to the Geodynamics Institute of National Athens’ Observatory the quake’s epicenter was located in the sea region 17 km (11 miles) north-northeast of Samos.
“To some degree, the sequence of aftershocks is unfolding normally but, in any case, even if there is a tremor measuring over 5 to 5.5 Richter, it will not have an effect on buildings as the region has withstood a quake 30 times larger,” stated the President of the Antiseismic Protection Organisation Professor Efthymios Lekkas on Monday.
Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency radio station “Praktorio” about the post-quake seismic events after the 6.7 earthquake near the island of Samos on Friday, Lekkas said that the aftershocks will be long and last many weeks — possibly even months or years.
The seismic expert also referred to the anti-seismic regulations in Greece, saying that “they are the product of Greek scientists and one of the best in the world, regulations that “really protects the Greek citizens.”