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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Earthquake rattles Greece and Turkey; hundreds injured

 

An earthquake beneath the sea shook northern Greece and western Turkey Saturday, with 266 people reportedly injured in Turkey.

The quake struck at 12:25 p.m. local time (0925 GMT) southwest of the Greek island of Samothraki, 210 kilometres east of Thessaloniki and 296 kilometres northeast of the capital Athens. It was also close to the Turkish island of Gokceada and the Greek island of Lemnos.
The quake caused 266 injuries in Turkey, including one person who was in serious condition, according to the government's emergency and disaster management agency. The injuries were mostly the result of panic, caused as people tried to rush out of buildings. 

  

The Institute of Geophysics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki said the magnitude of the quake was 6.3. The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported a magnitude of 6.4, later revised to 6.9.

The temblor was widely felt, including in Thessaloniki, the west coast of Turkey and as far away as Bulgaria and Istanbul. Turkey's emergency and disaster management agency said there were close to 70 aftershocks, the strongest measuring 5.5.
The quake damaged some buildings in the province, including two mosques, but there were no reports of any structures collapsing.

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