5.2-magnitude quake strikes southwestern Greece

Athens, Feb 16: A 5.2-magnitude earthquake has struck the Peloponnese peninsula in southwestern Greece, the Athens Observatory's geodynamic institute said, with no damage or injuries immediately reported.

The earthquake had its epicentre near the town of Pyrgos and a depth of just ten kilometres (6.2 miles), the institute said yesterday.


According to local authorities it was felt in the outlying area as far as the Ionian islands. Greece is one of Europe's most earthquake-prone countries. In November, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake killed two people on the Ionian island of Lefkada and damaged roads and buildings. 


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