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Greece struck by twin earthquakes

Published 17/02/2013 | 11:31

Two earthquakes have struck south-western Greece, seismologists said
Two earthquakes have struck south-western Greece, seismologists said

Two earthquakes have struck south-western Greece, both with preliminary magnitudes of 5 but with different epicentres, seismologists said.

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No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The first quake struck at 5.12am (0312 GMT) on Sunday, with an epicentre beneath the seabed 69 kilometres (43 miles) south-west of the Ionian island of Zakinthos, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said.

The second struck more than two hours later off the south-western shore of the Peloponnese.

The US Geological Survey gave the first quake a preliminary magnitude of 4.9, and the second 5. Preliminary magnitudes often vary in the early hours after a quake.

Greece is in an earthquake-prone region, but most have epicentres deep beneath the seabed and rarely cause damage or injuries.

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