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Earthquake rattles Greek capital

Published 29/08/2014

An earthquake which rattled southern Greece today was widely felt in the capital Athens.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury and no tsunami warnings.

The US Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 5.6, while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre gave it 5.8.

The quake struck at 645am local time (4.45am BST) and had an epicentre beneath the seabed about 86 miles south of Athens and near the island of Milos.

Greek radio stations receiving calls from listeners said the quake was widely felt across the country, from the southern island of Crete to the northern mainland.

Greece lies in a highly seismically active part of the Mediterranean, but most quakes cause no damage or injuries.

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