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14 Feb 2008 13:15
An earthquake shook southern Greece just after noon (10am GMT) on Thursday and was felt as far away as the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
The Athens Geodynamic Institute said it was off the southern tip of the Peloponnese and measured 6,5 on the Richter scale.
Residents in the town of Kalamata, in the southern Peloponnese, said they had felt the tremor but it was not as strong as past quakes.
“It was not as strong as other times, but we felt it,” a local farmer said.
The mayor of the nearby town of Koroni said people had panicked. “But until now we have no report of damages to houses,” said Thodoris Salantis.
The quake was felt throughout the capital and lasted at least 15 seconds, witnesses said.
“We were shaken for quite a long time, swaying back and forth,” said Tanya Spiropoulou from the northern Athens suburb of Marousis.
In late January, an earthquake hit the capital with a magnitude of 5,0, causing no damage.—Reuters
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