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“Earthquake contingency planning for Thiva must be updated,” says Greece’s top seismologist

“Seismic activity in the Thiva area has not stopped in four months now and we need to update our planning on the basis of the needs that arose on Crete,” head of the Organization for Anti-Seismic Planning and Protection (OASP) Prof. Efthymios Lekkas told state-run news agency amna on Thursday.

Lekkas spoke after an extraordinary meeting of the Committee for Assessing Seismic Risk on the seismic activity in Thiva, in the prefecture of Viotia, Central Greece, on Wednesday.

“At the Committee for Assessing Seismic Risk, which convened on Wednesday evening, we noted the necessity for municipalities in the area to have everything envisioned in the plans fully up to date. All the state agencies involved must also be prepared so that we do not face all that we faced in the recent earthquake on Crete,” Lekkas said.

He added that OASP, including himself, had visited schools in the Thiva area to provide training on what to do in the case of earthquake the previous Friday.

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