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Earthquake hits southern Greece
At least one person dead after quake of 6.5 magnitude strikes the Peloponnese region.
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2008 18:00 GMT

At least two people have been killed by a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 in southwestern Greece,  Dozens have been injured, and a number of people are trapped beneath collapsed houses, authorities say.
The US Geological Survey said that Sunday's earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.1, while the Athens Geodynamic Institute gave a preliminary magnitude of 6.5.

Magnitudes provided by different institutions often vary in the first hours or days after an earthquake.
Aftershocks expected
 
Seismologists said that many aftershocks were expected, and called on people to keep calm and follow directions given by authorities.
 
"There have been aftershocks and more will follow because the epicentre was close to the surface," Gerasimos Papadopoulos, head of the Athens Geodynamic Institute's research centre, said.
 
"Local authorities must carry out checks to see which buildings present problems."
 
The Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 3.25pm (1225 GMT) with an epicentre on land, some 205km west of Athens, in the northwestern Peloponnese near the port city of Patras.
 
Greece is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries.
 
Family trapped
 
The fire department said rescue crews were working to free a family of five people trapped beneath a collapsed house in the village of Fostaina, about 30km south of Patras.
 
The department had also sent rescue crews to another collapsed house in the village of Vartholomio where people were believed to be trapped.
 
Emergency services said two people in the province of Ahaia were injured by a falling roof, and one person was struck by falling rocks at a beach on the island of Lefkada.
 
Local media reported parts of Patras were without electricity, while collapsed and damaged houses were reported from several areas of southwestern Greece.
 
Papadopoulos said anyone in the area noticing damage to their building should contact a civil engineer or authorities before attempting to enter the building.
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