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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes central Greece, felt in the Balkans

Wednesday, March 3rd 2021, 9:11 am - Strong earthquake felt in the city of Larissa in central Greece Wednesday

A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck central Greece on Wednesday, with reports of shaking felt as far away as Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

According to the Athens Geodynamic Institute, the epicentre was about 20 km south of the town of Elassona in central Greece. The quake was at a depth of 10 km.

Earthquake (1)

A fire service official in Athens said there were no reports of damages or injuries so far, but added: "My colleagues felt it, it was strong," Reuters reports. The Fire Brigade was also investigating reports of a house that collapsed in Mesochori, Elassona, to see if anyone was trapped.

The tremor sent people rushing out of their homes and office buildings and onto the streets in a panic. Local schools in the Thessaly region were advised to close.

Numerous aftershocks also rattled the area, with Greece being reported as a highly seismically active region.

With files from Reuters

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