6.3-magnitude earthquake hits central Greece

6.3-magnitude earthquake hits central Greece

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Athens: There was a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in central Greece on Wednesday, which damaged several buildings, including schools, and prompted residents near the epicenter to rush to the streets.

“Everything happened very fast, people ran out of buildings, there are still aftershocks,” Chrissoula Katsiouli, a staffer at the mayor s office in the local town of Elassona told AFP.

The fire department said that according to the first report, a local house and a school were damaged. The police also blocked bridges that were cracked by the earthquake.

Another local official in Damasi, a village near the epicenter, said that another local school was also damaged.

“Fortunately, the teachers managed to get the children out very quickly and there were no victims,” the mayor of Tyrnavos Yiannis Kokkouras told Skai TV.

Greek media reported that a disabled person trapped in his home in the village of Mesochori was rescued. Television images showed that the side walls of his house had completely collapsed.

The Civil Protection agency also reported landslides had occurred in the region, and authorities were assessing further damage.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake, which could be felt across central and northern Greece, was magnitude 6.3.

But the Athens Institute of Geodynamics said that the magnitude of the earlier earthquake was 6.0.

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