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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Suffering Greece now hit by earthquake

GREECE has been rocked in recent days by an escalation in anti-government clashes - and now it's been shaken by mother nature.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck the north of the country today, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the undersea quake occurred at 3.34am local time, 243km north of the Greek capital, off the coast of the northern peninsula of the Athos monastic community.

The United States Geological Survey gave the preliminary magnitude as 5.3.

It is common for magnitudes given by different seismological centres to vary.

Greece is in one of the world's seismically active areas, with hundreds of quakes occurring each year. Most cause no injuries.

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