Buildings crumple after earthquake shakes Athens

Buildings crumple after earthquake shakes Athens

Buildings crumple after earthquake shakes Athens

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A solid earthquake has shaken the Greek capital of Athens, knocking out phone networks and vitality in parts of the metropolis.

The 5.1 magnitude earthquake had an epicentre about 22km (14 miles) north-west of Athens.

Athenians ran out into the streets because the metropolis shook for 15 seconds.

There had been no reports of extreme injuries, nevertheless several aftershocks had been felt and two structures bear collapsed.

The strongest aftershock had a magnitude of 4.3, almost an hour after the preliminary quake hit at 14:13 (11:13 GMT). Seismologists warn there would perhaps very correctly be more.

The earthquake become felt in particular strongly within the centre of Athens, the attach folks stood within the streets after evacuating from extensive structures.

‘We were stunned’

Plaster fell off the partitions of the chief prosecutor’s space of work in Athens and cracks regarded within the 170-Twelve months-worn parliament constructing.

There had been reports that the fire carrier, which has got 76 calls in step with local media, rescued over a dozen folks trapped in elevators following the vitality outage.

A pregnant vacationer visiting the Archaeological Museum become hospitalised after she become accidentally struck by every other vacationer’s elbow as they rushed for the exit.

Experiences advocate a minimum of three folks were damage by falling plaster.

An worn location and an empty constructing bear collapsed, Greek media said. Other structures were additionally broken and pieces of marble bear fallen from the Agia Irini church into the aspect road.

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Crowds gathered in originate areas in Athens after the earthquake struck

“It become a in reality intense quake. We were stunned,” a resident known as Katerina told AFP. One other woman told local media that it become “more admire an explosion”.

“We were all very terrorized,” she said.

Efthymios Lekkas, head of the earthquake protection agency, told folks to remain quiet.

“There isn’t any such thing as a explanation for dispute. The capital’s structures are built to stand up to an fundamental stronger earthquake,” he said.

The quake become additionally felt within the southern topic of Peloponnese.

Seismologists lisp the earthquake become spherical 13km (8 miles) from the skin.

The earthquake is the first to hit the Greek capital since September 1999 and experts lisp it become very near the identical epicentre, at Mt Parnitha. That magnitude six quake left 143 folks dull and tens of thousands of structures broken.

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The crucifix become shaken from the bell tower of the Church of the Pantanassa

How earthquake-prone is Athens?

The metropolis lies on several fault strains which cause some earthquakes, although they infrequently ever cause casualties or afflict, said Professor Iain Stewart, a geologist on the College of Plymouth.

Earlier than the earthquake in 1999, the metropolis become regarded as at low risk – nevertheless “if an area has an earthquake it increases the hazard” in future, he said.

An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 admire the one on Friday would not cause significant risk of afflict, he said, although he expected it to be more noticeable near the epicentre.

One at magnitude 6.3 or above would cause structures to crumple, Prof Stewart said.

Athens is built on solid ground, so there might be less capability for afflict to the Passe Greek monuments within the metropolis, which date wait on thousands of years.

On the opposite hand, Prof Stewart notes that Passe Greek settlements were perhaps deliberately built on top of seismic fault strains, per chance to present accumulate admission to to natural springs. Earthquakes can had been of cultural significance in Greek antiquity.

The risk of earthquakes increases the further you sprint in the direction of the extremities of Greece, Prof Stewart said: in particular on the islands of Crete, Kefalonia and Rhodes.

In 2017, two folks were killed by a 6.7 magnitude quake which hit the island of Kos, a preferred vacationer destination.

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Media captionNot lower than two folks were killed within the vacationer destination of Kos

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