Greece earthquake: Panic after ‘strong’ 5.3-magnitude tremor strikes near Athens – World News


A “strong” earthquake has struck Greece today forcing people to run out into the streets.

A 5.3-magnitude quake was felt 14 miles northwest of Athens shortly after 2pm local time.

The tremor was felt inside Athens International Airport and by holiday makers in the country.

At least one building has collapsed, according to Ethnos.gr.

The Greek news website reported that an uninhabited house on Ermou Street in Athens collapsed, damaging a vehicle parked out front.

Around 15 people are thought to be stuck in a lift, with the fire department called in to help them get out.

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Tia Cotterill was eating in the street when everything began to shake


Debris was strewn across the street

Brit Tia Cotterill, who has been travelling the country this summer, was in an Athens street with her friend when the earthquake struck.

“We were about to order food when we felt it and a metal light fell off of the side of the building and smashed next to me,” she told Mirror Online.

“It was really scary there was dust off of the buildings flying everywhere.

“We also felt a small aftershock not long ago but it was no more than a rumble.”

Lucy James, who moved to Athens from Cornwall, was on the fifth floor of her house when things began to move.

She said: “I heard an extremely load rumble and then the whole building started shaking a lot.

“I ran into a doorway and held on until the shaking stopped after about 10 seconds.

A woman walks on a street past a damaged car in Athens

The windshield was smashed during the quake

A police officer surveys the damage

 

“Car alarms were sounding and people outside were running in the streets. The lift broke but luckily no one was inside.

“There are still the sounds of sirens going off around the city.

“One neighbour was in the supermarket where things fell of the shelves and bottles smashed all over the floor.

“Luckily we’re safe and we hope no one was hurt. “

Images show a car with a smashed windscreen and a bell tower was also damaged during the quake.

Anne Arrington was on a family holiday when the earthquake struck.

The TV in her apartment six miles west of Athens fell to the as the whole building shook.

Damage is seen on the bell tower of Church of the Pantanassa at Monastiraki Square

The cross appears to have been damaged in the quake

The quake struck about 15 miles north west of Athens

A video of the aftermath of the earthquake shows a departure lounge full of shaken looking people.

Clare Wielner was at the Golden Coast Hotel and Bungalows in Marahtonas, 20 miles east of Athens, when the earthquake struck.

“It was scary,” she said.

“Buildings shook. I have never felt anything like it.

“I can’t see any damage but has certainly changed the mood of the place.”

Carlos Cunha, who is studying in Athens, was at his university when the tremors began.

He said the “whole auditorium shook” but that no damage was caused.

“I’d say it lasted around 7 or 8 seconds, surely less than 10,” he told The Mirror.

“No items were displaced here and no damage.

Aerial view over Athens

“It initially felt like someone had turned the speakers on with noise,  but the ceiling started shaking and we all noticed.”

While it was his first time experiencing an earthquake, Carlos said his Greek classmates “never felt anything nearly as intense as this” before.

Although the immediate damage from the quake was limited, thousands of people flocked on to the streets as a precaution.

Office blocks and shopping centres were evacuated in case of building collapse or further tremours.

Local media reported that phone lines went dead in the minutes after the quake hit.

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Some took to social media to record the damage that had been done, although the worst of it appeared to be toppled household items.

A second, smaller earthquake struck at about 2.40pm local time.

Today’s earthquake is not much weaker than the 6.0 magnitude one which hit the city back in 1999.

In total, 143 people died in that earthquake – most crushed by collapsed buildings.



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