Ex­er­cise on cards after 5.1 R tremors near Athens

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A few hours after two 5.1-Richter quakes struck the Gulf of Evia, north of Athens, Pub­lic Or­der Min­is­ter Vas­silis Kik­il­ias yes­ter­day her­alded a readi­ness ex­er­cise to en­sure that Greek au­thor­i­ties are pre­pared to re­spond ad­e­quately in the event of a strong earth­quake. The ex­er­cise, which will be held in the com­ing months, will test the co­or­di­na­tion of all the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties – in­clud­ing the Pub­lic Or­der and De­fense min­istries as well as re­gional and mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties. Kik­il­ias em­pha­sized that the plan was not a cause for alarm, not­ing that seis­mol­o­gists had not warned of a stronger quake ahead, but said the aim was “the great­est pos­si­ble ef­fi­ciency for the ben­e­fit of the Greek cit­i­zen.” The two quakes which struck shortly after 1 a.m. yes­ter­day near Halkida were felt in the cap­i­tal but no in­juries or dam­age were re­ported.

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