Severe earthquake of magnitude 6.3 measured near Larissa

A severe earthquake of magnitude 6 struck the region of Thessaly in northern Greece. The extent of the damage is so far unclear.

A strong earthquake shook the entire north of Greece. Thousands of residents ran onto the streets, as reported by state television (ERT) and news portals in the affected regions. According to the Geodynamic Institute of Athens, the quake has a strength of 6.

Damage to a school building in Mesochori in central Greece: So far, there have been no reports of injuries or deaths.  (Source: AP / dpa / Vaggelis Kousioras)Damage to a school building in Mesochori in central Greece: So far, there have been no reports of injuries or deaths. (Source: Vaggelis Kousioras / AP / dpa)

The center of the quake was about ten kilometers below the earth’s surface in the region of the small town of Tyrnavos. The tremor was felt across mainland Greece, including Athens. The capital is around 350 kilometers away. Reports of deaths and injuries and the extent of the damage were initially not available.

Police and fire brigade as well as the local authorities were looking for damage or injuries, reported the state television. “The quake was very strong and it lasted a long time,” said regional governor Kostas Agorastos on state television. The population in the city of Larisa near the quake was asked not to enter their houses for the next two hours because the first quake was already followed by two strong aftershocks of magnitude 5.

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