UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A 5.1-magnitude earthquake shook Athens and the Attica region of Greece on Friday afternoon, causing a major confusion in the telephone network.
The epicenter of the quake was identified according to preliminary information 23 kilometers northwest of Athens, according to the National Geological Observatory based on preliminary information.
According to IRT television, the fire brigade has so far rescued more than 10 people detained in elevators in the capital.
The quake struck around 11:00 a.m. and pushed the population and staff to the streets.
The media reported power cuts, but Internet connections still work.
Greece is located on seismic lines and regularly observes earthquakes, but it rarely witnesses casualties.
In July 2017, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the island of Kos in the Aegean Sea, killing two people and causing serious damage. Another 5.9 magnitude earthquake in 1999 killed 143 people in Athens and other areas to the northwest.
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