5.1 magnitude quake rattles northeastern Greece (Lead)

October 14th, 2008 - 11:56 am ICT by IANS  

Athens, Oct 14 (DPA) An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook northeastern Greece early Tuesday. There were no reports of injuries or damage.Seismologists at the Athens Geodynamic Institute said the underwater quake took place at 5.06 a.m. and had an epicentre just northeast of Athens, about 40 km northeast of the island of Evia near Mandouri.

The institute corrected their original measurement of the quake, which was 6.6.

Two smaller earthquakes took place a few minutes later.

The quake startled people in Athens, in Haldika, the capital on Evia, and the nearby coastal town of Mandouri.

Municipal officials on Evia said there were no reports of injuries or damage.

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