An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 rocked Greece on Wednesday, March 3, damaging hundreds of buildings and vehicles. Dozens of people were injured and there were no reports of casualties in the accident.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the quake was felt across the country, with the epicenter being near the city of Tyranos, north of Athens.
The USGS recorded the Greek earthquake measuring 6.3, while the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) revised the earthquake from 6.9 to a magnitude of 6.2.
Greek seismologists say there have been a number of aftershocks (aftershocks) following the main quake, including one of magnitude 5.9. Residents panicked and scattered to save themselves when the first earthquake occurred.
A village near Damasi was so seriously damaged that its residents were asked to evacuate to a local stadium. About 63 students were successfully evacuated when the earthquake occurred.
In the city of Larissa, 40 km south of Elassona, people are rushing out of their homes onto the streets. Some realized that they did not have masks and returned to the house.
“I was driving and things started shaking. It was very scary, “one Larissa resident, Dimitris, 46, told Al Jazeera
“I thought the floor was going to collapse. It happened continuously, the trees were shaking like crazy. I don’t know what to do, “said Giorgos (45) who also lives in Larissa,
Konstantinos Valiotis (38) was at work, a daycare for children with disabilities when he felt the ground move.
Police also closed bridges that were fractured by the earthquake, local media reported. The US Geological Survey said the quake, which could be felt in central and northern Greece, was measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale.
But the Geodynamics Institute in Athens said earlier the quake was a magnitude 6.0. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu phoned his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias to convey solidarity and said Ankara was ready to offer support if needed.
Relations between regional rivals Greece and Turkey improved sharply in 1999 when the two countries were hit by a deadly earthquake less than a month apart.
Last year, the countries also cooperated on recovery efforts after a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea, killing large numbers of people and causing massive damage, especially in Turkey.
According to the Athens Observatory, the epicenter was 16 kilometers (10 miles) south of the city of Elassona and eight kilometers deep.
There have been several aftershocks following the main quake – including a magnitude 5.7 – after authorities issued a warning.
Earthquake expert Gerassimos Papadopoulos said there could be “significant aftershocks”, spoke on Skai radio.
However, experts stress that earthquake faults in the area rarely produce tremors greater than what happened on Wednesday.
The last major earthquake in the area was in the 18th century and was 6.2 on the Richter scale, Manolis Skordilis, an earthquake expert at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, told state agency ANA.
Greece lies on a number of fault lines and is sporadically hit by earthquakes.
However, earthquakes occur frequently at sea and do not often kill people or cause serious damage. The last fatal quake occurred in October when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Aegean Sea between the Greek island of Samos and the city of Izmir in western Turkey.
The majority of the damage occurred in Turkey where 114 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured. In Greece, two teenagers are reported to have died on the island of Samos.