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Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude hits Greece

Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude hits Greece

An earthquake of a magnitude of 6.2 has rocked central Greece near the capital city of Larissa in the Thessaly Region, the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) reported. Despite slight damage to the infrastructure, authorities confirmed that there are no immediate reports of injuries.

The jolt struck at around 12 PM local time and was even felt in North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro. It was recorded with an epicentre of 22 kilometres (13.67 miles) at a depth of 10 km.

The same tremor was monitored with a 6.9 magnitude by European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, while the German Research Centre for Geosciences recorded it at a 6.0 magnitude.

Almost 21 aftershocks were reported, from the lowest magnitudes of 2.8 to the highest at 5.7, within hours after the quake.

According to the United States Geological Survey, Greece and neighbouring Turkey falls on the seismically active Mediterranean region and is prone to quakes mainly due to the northward convergence of the tectonic plates. An earthquake that struck Turkey and the Aegean island of Samos last October killed at least 75 people in Turkey and 2 in Greece and inflicted huge infrastructure loss.

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