Experts weigh up tremors

This week’s earthquake activity around Lake Trichonida in central Greece could continue until the end of the year and end in a much larger quake if historic patterns are repeated, an expert said yesterday. The area was hit by six tremors on Tuesday, with the highest reaching 5.4 Richter, causing minor damage. There were no reports of injuries. Officials said that two old buildings have suffered serious damage, while about 10 others require repair work. Gerasimos Papadopoulos, president of the Earthquake Risk Assessment Committee, told Kathimerini the strength of tremors since Tuesday have been weakening but that experts cannot be sure what will follow. «According to one view, we have already had the large quake,» he said. «However, another view we should seriously take into account is that there could be a repeat of the pattern shown in 1975. There were tremors then throughout the summer which ended in two large quakes of 5.8 and 5.9 Richter in December,» Papadopoulos added. No one can be sure how the activity will end, he said.

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