Earthquake related news July 16, 2011

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Greece (tsunami and Olympia)
Olympia, site of the famous Temple of Zeus and original venue of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, was presumably destroyed by repeated tsunamis that traveled considerable distances inland, and not by earthquake and river floods as has been assumed to date. $$$

New Zealand (false quake claims)
Christchurch police have made their first arrest for false claims over earthquake damage, and suspect hundreds of claims will need investigation.
A woman has been charged with obtaining an advantage by false pretences for filing fake invoices and claiming earthquake repair work had been done when it had not, Detective Senior Sergeant John Rae told Radio New Zealand. $$$

Japan (missing statistics)
Four months after the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake engulfed Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, some families are still searching for their loved ones. Six students and one teacher at the school are still missing. One 37-year-old mother, who said she had dug in the wreckage with a shovel for her 12-year-old daughter on the day after the earthquake, now uses heavy machinery. $$$

Hawaii (false tsunami alarm)
Sirens used to alert residents to emergencies such as tsunamis have accidentally gone off twice in a Hawaii neighborhood in the past two days. Maui County officials say the false alarms went off early Wednesday and Tuesday night in the working class neighborhood of Wailuku in central Maui. $$$

New Zealand (Christchurch earthquake risk)
The chances of another highly damaging earthquake in Canterbury have dropped to one in four, experts say, but they warn the worst thing people could do is to let their guard down. GNS Science calculate the odds of another quake of in the range of magnitude 6 to 6.9 in Canterbury's "wider aftershock region" in the next year have dropped from about one in three, to about one in four, following a quieter period since June 13 - when a magnitude 6.3 quake caused widespread new damage. $$$

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