Professor: 7-Magnitude Earthquake in Sofia Could Leave 4500 Dead

The building stock in Bulgaria is extremely vulnerable to earthquakes, according to Professor Emil Botev, head of the Seismology unit of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS)

Speaking at an international conference on the catastrophic risks in the country, he claimed that an earthquake around Sofia with a magnitude of 7 or 7+ on the Richter scale would affect over 2 million people.

Long Series of Aftershocks Registered in Aegean Sea

Almost 30 aftershocks have been registered in the northern part of the Aegean Sea after the powerful earthquake which rattled parts of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, Saturday.

Most of these were of magnitude 2.5-3.0 on the Richter scale, however some have reached a magnitude of 4.0. The aftershocks occur every 5-10 minutes.

Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes Greece

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has been felt in Greece, according to reports.

Reports said the epicenter was 400 kilometers (185 miles) north-northeast of Athens, southwest of Samothrace island, and was 10 kilometers deep.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Minor Earthquake Registered Near Sofia Friday Night

A 2.4 Richter scale earthquake was registered in the Sofia region on Friday night. 

The epicenter was around 59 km south of Sofia, near the town of Samokov. 

The quake caused no damages and no one was injured.

Earlier on Friday a 2.7 earthquake was registered 15 km from Sofia and on Thursday – a 2.9 Richter scale in the Rila mountains.