Quake rattles southern Greece; no initial reports of injuries, damage
The Associated Press
Published Friday, April 4, 2014 4:55PM EDT
ATHENS - Seismologists say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 rattled southern Greece and was widely felt in the capital, Athens. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 5.7, with an epicenter 25 kilometres east of the island of Hydra and about 78 kilometres south of Athens. The Athens Geodynamic Institute put the magnitude at 5.4. Different seismology institutes often have varying magnitudes in the early hours after a quake.
The quake occurred at 11:08 p.m. local time (2008 GMT).
Greece lies in a very seismically active area. A series of strong earthquakes in January on the western island of Kefalonia damaged hundreds of homes and injured more than a dozen people.