Evacuations and panic in Athens as strong earthquake strikes Greek capital

Evacuations and panic in Athens as strong earthquake strikes Greek capital

eTurboNews Syndication:

Strong earthquake struck Greek capital of Athens at 2:14pm local time, with the epicenter located 23km northwest of the populous city, in line with the Institute of Geodynamics at the National Observatory of Athens.

The populous city was hit by way of a group of tremors, with the strongest measuring magnitude 5.1, causing visitors to flee onto the streets from houses, shopping and offices malls.

The quake, accompanied by several aftershocks, was felt in various elements of the populous city. Witnesses described them as “powerful.” No injuries were reported in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.

Footage from the scene shows furniture falling and shaking inside apartments through the tremors.

Many public buildings and large stores were evacuated.

Startled people flooded onto the streets, fearing further aftershocks. They gathered beyond your buildings, plus some left their cars and buses also.

Some debris is seen lying along with parked vehicles and the pavement.

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There were reports of issues with electricity and cellular phone connection also.

The nation’s main emergency agency, the overall Secretariat for Civil Protection, has been called to convene for an urgent meeting to measure the damage.

This may be the first earthquake going to Athens since 1999, whenever a 6.0-magnitude tremor killed 143 people and damaged 70,000 buildings.

Author: George Taylor

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