More tremors possible

Published: Friday 15 October 1999

the earth underneath Greece and Turkey is fracturing like a pane of glass, increasing the possibility of further tremors in the region, says seismologist James Jackson of the earth sciences department at Cambridge University, the uk .

"However, we're not very good at predicting whether the fault will move tomorrow or in ten or a hundred years' time," Jackson told a news agency recently.

Two powerful earthquakes have hit the region in the last three weeks. The first quake struck the heavily-populated northwestern part of Turkey on August 17. More than 15,000 people were killed and damage has been estimated to be us $ 412 billion. The second quake on September 7 rocked Athens, killing at least 64 people.

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