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Research center: “Seismic attack” subsided

A girl looks from a window in Sidon's old souk that was destroyed in a 1956 earthquake, Sunday, July 6, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: The National Council for Scientific Research declared on Monday that no aftershocks had been registered since Sunday morning following a series of mild tremors that shook Lebanon.

The center said in a statement that the “seismic attack” of six tremors, including one with a 4.1 magnitude on the Richter Scale, had subsided for now, noting that it was “a positive and appeasing” sign.

Nonetheless, the center reiterated calls for vigilance and for taking “the highest precautions,” stressing that measures were still necessary especially in unsafe and shaky buildings.

The weekend earthquake that had hit Roum’s fault, affecting Iqlim al-Kharroub, Iqlim al-Tuffah and Beiteddine in Mount Lebanon, was felt most strongly in Sidon, sending residents scurrying into the street.

Lebanon is criss-crossed by numerous fault lines, and the last major earthquake is estimated to have killed 40,000 people in 1759. Experts say that Lebanon can expect major earthquakes every 250-300 years.





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