Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Strong quake hits near Greece's capital Athens

Strong quake hits near Greece's capital Athens

A major quake measuring 5.9 hit Greece in 1999, leaving 143 people dead.

The fire brigade said it received 12 calls about people trapped in elevators.

The city's Institute of Geodynamics gave the natural disaster a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the US Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3.

It struck at around 1100 GMT at a depth of 13 kilometres, it said.

Two people were lightly injured from falling materials, officials said late Friday evening.

Anxious residents and office staff quickly gathered in outdoor areas but the government denied it had ordered an evacuation alert.

Those in Greece commented on social media in the aftermath that it was very strong and that people felt heavy shaking.

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The head of the anti-quake protection agency, Efthymios Lekkas, told Greeks to remain calm. Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3.

"There is no reason for concern. But we need more time and data to have a clear picture".

Seismologist Manolis Skordilis told Greece's Star TV: "The natural disaster was close to the surface, which is why it was felt so much".

"People in the capital must remain calm. they must be psychologically ready for more aftershocks", he said.

In another natural disaster earlier this month, seven people died and at least 23 were injured - majority tourists - as a fierce storm ripped through beachfronts in Halkidiki, one of Greece's top tourist areas on July 10.

Greece, one of the most earthquake-prone countries in Europe, is situated at a convergence point where three massive plates of the Earth's crust - Eurasian, Arabic and African - grind together.

In 1999, an natural disaster of magnitude 5.9 in the same area killed 143 people.

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