Publicado: Sáb, Julio 20, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

People run into streets as 5.3-magnitude natural disaster hits Athens

People run into streets as 5.3-magnitude natural disaster hits Athens

Some said it lasted several seconds, but there are no reports of any injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude of 5.3.

A 5.1 magnitude quake struck Greece about 25 kilometers (15 miles) northwest of Athens on Friday, followed by a series of aftershocks.

The shock on Friday was caught live in the studios of state broadcaster ERT.

The European Earthquake Monitoring Centre recorded the quake's epicentre at a point 22 km (14 miles) northwest of the city.

Reuters correspondents saw people evacuating tall buildings in the sprawling city, and hundreds crammed into Athens's central Syntagma Square. Other buildings were also damaged.

"We were all very afraid, so we'll stay here for a couple of hours".

"I urge members of the public to remains calm".

The fire department rescued dozens of people trapped in elevators in the capital, ERT said.

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Some buildings had incurred minor damage and many cars in the streets had been hit by falling masonry.

Gerasimos Papadopoulos, senior seismologist at the Geodynamics Institute, said Friday's quake was felt across southern Greece.

"There is no reason for concern".

"There have been at least three (smaller) aftershocks already, which is a positive sign", he said, adding that the quake was felt as far as the Peloponnese peninsula. "But we need more time and data to have a clear picture".

The quake struck about 13.7 miles north of Athens.

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

Greece, along with Turkey, is among the most tremor-prone regions of Europe.

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