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article imagePowerful Earthquake in Greece Felt As Far Away As Cairo

By Angelique van Engelen     Feb 14, 2008 in World
An earthquake that measured 6.5 on the Richter scale rattled Greece this morning (5 a.m. EST). The epicentre was near the Peloponnese and the tremor was felt as far away as in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
Reuters quotes the Athens Geodynamic Institute as saying that the earthquake hit off the southern tip of the Peloponnese. It lasted 15 seconds.
The southern Peloponnese town of Kalamata was closest to this epicentre, but its residents said the tremor felt milder than past earthquakes. Reuters quoted Thodoris Salantis, the mayor of the town Koroni which is not far away from Kalamata, as stating that there had been panick on the streets, yet material damage was little.
Just over two weeks ago an earthquake of a magnitude 5.0 shook Athens. That earthquake also caused no damage.
Angelique van Engelen is a freelance journalist. She writes a blog about micro environmental issues in macro perspectives.
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