Top Greek Seismologist Says Friday’s Quake in Athens was Main One

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The 5.1 on the Richter scale earthquake that shook Athens at 14.10 on Friday was the main one, reassured the president of the Organization for Antiseismic Planning and Protection (OASP), Professor Efthymios Lekkas on Saturday.

Forty-nine aftershocks were recorded in the wider Attica region until 06.00 am on Saturday, all from the same focal area of the Magoula earthquake.

The post-seismic sequence had a declining course and the largest post-earthquake vibration was 4.3 on the Richter scale at 15.13 on Friday.

Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, the professor appeared quite reassuring saying that everything shows that the post-seismic activity is smooth.

“With a little reservation (I say) that all signs contribute to the conclusion that yesterday’s earthquake was the major one,” Lekkas said. He further said that the seismic risk assessment committee, which conferred until midnight came to this conclusion without any disagreement.

The professor said he was at OASP overnight and stressed that all pertinent authorities are alert and in full coordination, in case there are further aftershocks.