Sunday, October 28, 2007

Earthquake - Greece (Athens) OCT

ATHENS, Greece: A magnitude 5 earthquake rattled southwestern Greece on Saturday, affecting areas ravaged by deadly August forest fires. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injury.

Seismologists at the University of Thessaloniki said the undersea quake occurred at 8:32 a.m. (0532GMT), 330 kilometers (205 miles) west of Athens.

"Earthquakes of this magnitude are not uncommon in this part of the country ... We will have to wait for one or two days before we can say that this was the main earthquake," said Efthymios Lekkas, professor of geology at Athens University.

The quake struck in an area affected by the country's worst wildfires on record. At least 65 people died in the blazes between Aug. 24 and Sept. 3. - Source

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