The Malta Independent 3 February 2023, Friday
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Prime Minister does not rule out technical discussions over earthquakes

Monday, 23 January 2023, 16:17 Last update: about 10 days ago

Prime Minister Robert Abela said that he does not rule out a discussion on a "technical level" regarding the increased number of earthquakes Malta is experiencing.

In the past few weeks several tremors have been recorded, with no injuries or damages sustained. The most recent ones being last Wednesday at 4.5 on the Richter scale and Monday morning which recorded 5.1 on the Richter scale.

Last week, geophysicist Pauline Galea told Times of Malta that the ongoing seismic activity that is hitting Malta may continue over the next few weeks as the frequency and magnitude of the tremors decrease.

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The tremors were triggered by regional tectonic forces south of Malta, she said. These have been known to generate seismic activity in the past and the subsequent number of tremors are not uncommon in such sequences.

Asked whether the government has been in contact with any experts about the earthquakes and whether the government is worried Abela said, "On a political level no, on a technical level I don't rule out this discussion.


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