Strong Earthquake Rattles Central Greece

According to the US Geological Survey, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit central Greece on Wednesday causing people to run from their homes.

The Athens Observatory said the epicenter of the earthquake, which could be felt along central and northern Greece, was 21km south of the town of Elassona, near Larissa. Tremors were also felt in Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the quake hit at about midday and had a depth of 10km.

Tremors were still felt over an hour after the quake hit, heightening the panic.

Greek seismologist Efthymis Lekkas told state television ERT, “it was a big earthquake the consequences of which we do not yet know.”

The quake was followed by three strong aftershocks, measured 4.6, 5.9, and 4.4 magnitudes, respectively, the Institute of Geodynamics said.


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