Earthquake hits near the Greek capital, Athens

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit in a suburb 23 kilometres northwest of Athens on Friday, the Institute of Geodynamics in Athens said. People in the Greek capital reportedly felt the quake and ran out of buildings. Some said it lasted several seconds, but there are no reports of any injuries. Electricity problems faced Peristeri and Haidari, located northwest of Athens, while in the centre of Athens there were still problems in telecommunications. Multiple aftershocks in the same area followed ranging from 2.5 to 4.4 on the Richter scale. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said 4 million inhabitants could potentially feel the earthquake. Those in Greece commented on social media in the aftermath that it was very strong and that people felt heavy shaking. There was heavy traffic in Athens after the earthquake. A government spokesperson said that two abandoned buildings in the centre and to the west of Athens had collapsed, but there were no reported injuries.

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