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Greece earthquake: Monster 6.2 magnitude quake rocks major city

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The earthquake hit at 12.16am local time (10.16 GMT) today and was 10km in depth, according to data by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The quake struck the region between Lárisa and Týrnavos, but it could be felt as far as Athens.

The EMSC said the quake reached a magnitude of 6.2.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded 6.3, while German Research Centre for Geosciences said they recorded a magnitude of 6.0.

The mayor of Elassona, a town near Lárisa, told Greek media that teachers and pupils had been evacuated from schools while any damage is investigated. 

He said: “The phenomenon was very intense, but I’ve been halfway around the city and we will not have much damage.” 

The USGS said countries affected by the quake include Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro, Service, North Macedonia and Albania.

One person located in Véroia, 88km from the epicentre, told CSEM: “I felt it a lot.”

Another witness, located in Korce, Albania (153km from the epicentre) said: “Light but lasted a few seconds.”

Locals said “buildings were shaking” and “dust was rising” with one house said to have “shaken like a ship”.

Several other people took to social media to report feeling the quake.

One person wrote on Twitter: “A very big earthquake up to here in Athens we moved.”

Another user said: “Just experienced my largest #earthquake yet (6.3) in #Greece My entire office was shaking.”

Numerous aftershocks have been reported.

A magnitude level of over 6 categorises a “strong” earthquake on the Richter scale.

There are only two levels higher, which include “major” and “great”, earthquakes which could cause serious damage and destruction.

It is not yet known if anything was damaged by this morning’s powerful quake.

The exact magnitude, epicentre, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their reports.

Greece lies in a highly seismically active region, although the vast majority of earthquakes cause no damage or injuries.

Source:

www.express.co.uk

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