Greece capital Athens hit by 6.2 magnitude quake felt 350 miles away

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Greece has been struck by a monster 6.2 magnitude earthquake.

Tremors were felt across the country as it rocked its capital at 10.16am local time (9.16am UK time) on Thursday.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said it was 6.2 miles deep and struck the region between Lárisa and Týrnavos.

It was felt 350 miles away in the capital Athens and neighbouring North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

The EMSC said the quake reached a magnitude of 6.2 amid rising fears it will spark a stronger earthquake.

A series of aftershocks followed within minutes.

A fire service official in Athens said there were no reports of damages or injuries so far but added: "My colleagues felt it, it was strong."

Footage apparently shot in Larissa afterwards shows agitated people in the streets.

One person wrote on Twitter: "A very big earthquake up to here in Athens we moved."

@AlertChannel tweeted: "The strong #earthquake in. #Greece was felt from the north of the country's second largest city to the south in Athens. Strong aftershocks or a major quake to come are expected".

Imperial College London seismologist Dr Stephen Hicks added on Twitter: "Magnitude 6-ish earthquake in north-central Greece a short time ago.

"The preliminary epicentre is approximately 25 km northwest of Larissa, Greece's 5th most populous city. Quite a shallow depth so strong shaking can be expected. Magnitude estimates still variable, hence "6-ish".

"The epicentre & mechanism of the M6.3 earthquake seems to correspond with quite a few mapped faults in the region, including the WNW-ESE striking Tryvanos fault, which was assigned a maximum magnitude of M6.3 based on palaeoseismology."

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The EMSC earlier reported magnitudes of 6.9 and 5.9 for the quake, measured at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles).

The German Research Center for Geosciences pegged the earthquake at magnitude 6.0 at the same depth.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute added that the epicentre was 20km south of the town of Elassona in central Greece.

Greek seismologist Vassilis Karathanasis told state television that the tremor was felt across Greece.

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