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article image4.9 earthquake hits Greek Island of Evia

By Eileen Kersey     Nov 12, 2013 in Environment
Athens - There are reports that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 has struck the Greek island of Evia. There are no early reports of injuries or damage.
Tuesday's quake was felt in the Greek capital [Athens] about 120 kilometers (75 miles) away, reports ABC News.
The Athens Geodynamic Institute reported that the earthquake struck around 8pm local time, near the town of Istiaia.
A 4.9 earthquake may seem nothing to some countries but it could be a precursor for more tremors. Greece, and its islands, is no stranger to earthquakes.
Many of the quakes hit uninhabited islands or cause little damage but Greece has experienced tragedy.
According to AP "In 1999 a magnitude 5.9 quake killed 143 people in Athens, caused 110 buildings to collapse and severely damaged about 5,000 more".
Evia is the second largest Greek Island and a popular tourist destination. It lies close to the coast. In fact Evia is believed to have once been part of the mainland, which was separated when an earthquake struck. It lies in an area classed as a "fault line" and is therefore prone to seismic activity.
We should never forget that some parts of the world are always under earthquake threat. Tuesday BBC News reports the Indian capital Delhi was shaken by four small earthquakes; RT reports 4.8 quake hits typhoon-ravaged Philippines whilst the Voice of Russia reports a magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Russia's Far East.
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