Geologists: Parnitha has done its worst

The fault on Mount Parnitha, where the 1999 earthquake that killed 143 people in Athens originated, is unlikely to produce another strong quake, a geologist said yesterday. Instead, experts are focusing on the Oropos-Avlonas-Kaparelli fault in northern Attica, which was responsible for a 6.4-Richter earthquake in 1981, Thessaloniki University professor Spyros Pavlidis told the Fifth International Conference on the Geology of the Eastern Mediterranean, which opened in Thessaloniki on Wednesday. «[The Parnitha fault] has done all it is likely to do,» he said. He also ruled out any major threat to Athens from the Atalanti fault, 140km (87 miles) northwest of the capital. Meanwhile, two Russian scientists presented separate papers that placed the Great Flood mentioned by several ancient civilizations either 10-15,000 or 6,000 years ago, in the Caspian Sea or in Mesopotamia, respectively.