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Two Magnitude 5 quakes jolt SW Greece


Greece is in an earthquake-prone region
Greece is in an earthquake-prone region

Staff writers

February 17, 2013 — Seismologists say two earthquakes have struck southwestern Greece, both with preliminary magnitudes 5 but with different epicentres.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported (Photo: USGS)
No damage or injuries were immediately reported (Photo: USGS)

No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the first quake struck at 5:12 a.m. (0312 GMT) Sunday, with an epicentre beneath the seabed 69 km southwest of the Ionian island of Zakinthos.

The second struck more than two hours later off the southwestern shore of the Peloponnese.

The U.S. Geological survey gave the first quake a preliminary magnitude of 4.9, and the second 5. Preliminary magnitudes often vary in the early hours after a quake.

Greece is in an earthquake-prone region. While most don't cause significant damage or injuries, in 1999, a 5.9 magnitude quake killed 143 people.


With files from The Associated Press

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