New Quake Registered in Southern BulgariaEnvironment | June 4, 2012, Monday // 08:14| views
Experts from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences are adamant that the Sunday evening shocks are not new, but secondary and that there is no connection between them and those felt in Pernik, Italy, neighboring Turkey and Greece. File photo
Another shock with a magnitude of 3.2 points on the Richter scale has been registered late Sunday evening in southern Bulgaria, just minutes after the 3.4 one.
According to the National Institute in Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography, at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS, the quake had an epicenter of a depth of 0.7 km, and was located between the city of Pazardzhik and the town of Velingrad.
It was felt in southern Bulgaria and stirred panic in the Roma quarter in Pazardzhik, sending residents on the streets. There are no reports of casualties or damages.
BAS experts are adamant that these shocks are not new, but secondary and that there is no connection between them and the one of 5.8 magnitude that hit the western region of Pernik on May 22, or with those felt in Italy, neighboring Turkey and Greece.
It was reported meanwhile by the actualno.com news site that in the aftermath of the Pernik quake the government plans to repair and remodel the existing seismology stations and to build new ones.
The Regional Development Ministry is working with BAS on the creation of a new map of seismology regions in the country and is upping quake standards for buildings in some regions.
According to the map, the most quake-prone regions in Bulgaria are the southwestern and central parts such as the suburbs of the capital Sofia, the areas around the central towns of Gorna Oryahovitsa and Chirpan and the Black Sea town of Kavarna.
Bulgaria now has 14 seismology stations, which are deemed insufficient and not aligned with modern standards.
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