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Lesvos island belongs to the Aegean microplate and therefore it is affected from the extensional field of the Aegean. In addition, and due to its vicinity to the southwestern branch of the North Anatolian fault, it is also affected from the major earthquakes originating from this fault system.
During the 20th century, serious destruction has been reported from island due to earthquakes sine the ancient times. Historians speak about the complete loss of towns due to earthquakes and seismic sea waves. Seventeen earthquakes with magnitude greater than 5 on the Richter scale are reported from the broader area of Lesvos since 1900. This medium to high seismic activity corresponds to zone II of seismic hazard in Greece.



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