Cephalonia hit by 362 af­ter­shocks

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS KONSTANDARAS

Af­ter­shocks con­tin­ued yes­ter­day on the Io­nian is­land of Cephalonia, fol­low­ing Sun­day’s 5.9-Richter earth­quake, but seis­mol­o­gists were re­as­sur­ing, say­ing that the tremors were dwin­dling and that a larger, more de­struc­tive quake was un­likely.

A to­tal of 362 af­ter­shocks had rat­tled the is­land by late last night, Thanassis Ganas, head of re­search at the In­sti­tute of Geo­dy­nam­ics, told Kathimerini. He said the orig­i­nal quake jolted ad­ja­cent fault lines, caus­ing a large num­ber of af­ter­shocks but that there was no in­di­ca­tion of a larger loom­ing tremor.

Checks by state engi­neers have sug­gested that around half of some 1,000 build­ings dam­aged by the quake are tem­po­rar­ily un­safe for use.

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