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M5.3 earthquake strikes near Athens, Greece

Friday, July 19th 2019, 1:20 pm - Epicentre of the strong earthquake reportedly struck 22 kilometres (14 miles) from Athens

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit near the Greece capital of Athens on Friday.

The quake, which had an epicentre approximately 22 kilometres (14 miles) from Athens, knocked out telecoms and power in parts of the city.

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"This area is actually pretty rich for earthquakes," said Weather Network meteorologist Chris St. Clair.

Witnesses in the city said people were seen running out into the street and evacuated tall buildings. There are no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries but several aftershocks were felt.

According to local media, shaking from the earthquake was particularly felt in the centre of Athens. There were reports that the fire service rescued more than a dozen people trapped in elevators, following the power outage.

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