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Greece Earthquake Today: Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Shocks Greece, No Immediate Injuries Or Damage Reported

Travelers Today       By    Althea Serad

Updated: Aug 30, 2014 12:03 AM EDT

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Greece earthquake today measuring a magnitude 5.7 hit the Peloponnese in southern Greece on Friday, according to the national earthquake observatory. The Greece earthquake today which rattled south of Greece was widely felt in the capital, Athens, reports the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, authorities said there were no immediate reports of serious injury or material damage. According to Reuters, there was also no tsunami warning issued.

According to the AP, the U.S. Geological Survey gave the Greece earthquake today a preliminary magnitude of 5.6.  The European Mediterranean Seismological Center on the other hand gave it a 5.8. Also, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake which struck southern Greece was at 5.7 magnitude and that it was undersea.

It is commonplace for different seismology centers to indicate different magnitudes.

The AFP in Athens reports that the "very strong" Greece earthquake today struck the country at 6:45 a.m. local time (0345 GMT) on Friday. Its epicentre was recorded beneath the seabed about 140 kilometers (86 miles) south of Athens, between the Peloponnese and the island of Milos.

The Greece earthquake today was reportedly followed by an aftershock which measured 4.7 three minutes later, according to the observatory in the Greek capital.

Greek radio stations said they received calls from listeners saying the Greece earthquake today was felt across the country, even ranging from the southern island of Crete to northern Greece.

According to the AFP, it is not uncommon for Greece to experience earthquakes since Greece lies in the Mediterranean which is seismically active. Just like the recent quake felt, most tremors do not cause serious injuries.

Greece earthquake today may not have had any immediate reports of injuries or deaths, but a 5.9 magnitude quake near Athens in 1999 killed 143 people, reports Reuters. Also, according to the AFP, thousands were left homeless in January by a quake on the Ionian island of Cephalonia.

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