Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Two earthquakes rattle Greek port

Twin earthquakes of preliminary magnitude of 5.4 and 5.5 rattled the western Greek port of Patras, seismologists said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The Athens-based Institute of Geodynamics said the first quake occurred at 10.25pm Monday (0725 AEDT Tuesday) about 155 kilometres south-west of Athens, and about 40 kilometres outside Patras. The second occurred at 12.15am Monday (0915 AEDT Tuesday), in the same area. "The activity is ongoing but the likelihood of a very strong earthquake is considered to be very slight," Institute director Giorgos Stavrakakis said.
"This is a phenomenon of twin earthquakes or virtually identical magnitude. It's not common but it is well known."