3 more quakes in central Evia

Seismologists expressed qualified concern yesterday over the series of moderately strong earthquakes that occurred over the past week in central Evia, which was shaken by another three quakes yesterday morning. There have been no injuries, although hundreds of buildings were damaged. «The only encouraging factor is the area’s seismic history, which does not prove that a very strong earthquake is due to take place,» Athens Geodynamic Institute Director Giorgos Stavrakakis said. Yesterday’s earthquakes – which registered 4.6, 4.7 and 4.8 on the Richter scale, striking between 4 and 6.38 a.m. – all had their epicenter near the village of Psachna north of Halkida, some 70 kilometers north of Athens. They were preceded by a 4.9-Richter quake on Wednesday and a 4.6-Richter quake last Friday, both in the same area. So far, following Wednesday’s quake, government inspectors have designated seven buildings in Psachna as dangerous enough to require demolition, and another 42 were declared temporarily uninhabitable.

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