5.5-magnitude quake hits southern Greece

Published June 25, 2018, 3:23 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Agence France-Presse

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southern Greece on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

(USGS / MANILA BULLETIN)
(USGS / MANILA BULLETIN)

The earthquake hit at a depth of 30 kilometers (19 miles), about 70 kilometers southwest of the city of Kalamata, the US Geological Survey said.

The epicenter was in the sea off the town of Pylos.

“The quake had a long duration and initially we were worried, but right now we have absolute calm”, the mayor of Pylos, Dimitris Kafantaris, told Antenna TV.

Greece sits on significant fault lines and has been regularly hit by earthquakes in recent years, but rarely with casualties.

Last July, however, a 6.7-magnitude quake killed two people and injured scores on the tourist island of Kos.

 
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