Sunday, August 22, 2010

Moderate earthquake in sea off Greece

Posted: 22 August 2010 2157 hrs

ATHENS : A moderate earthquake of 5.4 magnitude hit an area in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Greece on Sunday without causing casualties or major damage, Greek and US authorities reported.

The epicentre of the tremor, which occurred at 1023 GMT, was located near the island of Zante, 329 kilometres (203 miles) west of Athens, seismologists at the Athens observatory said.

The quake was felt most strongly on Zante, local police said.

The US Geological Survey rated the magnitude as 5.6.

Greece is the European nation most exposed to earthquakes, experiencing about half of all those recorded on the continent. - AFP/ms

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