Earthquake in Athens sends people scattering

Posted by Elise Kirsten on 19 July 2019

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center, rattled the Greek capital on Friday afternoon, sending people running into the street. The epicentre of the quake was in Parnitha, about 23 kilometres northwest of Athens, but it was felt in the city.  

The earthquake reportedly caused limited power cuts and knocked out phone and cellphone service. There have been no offical reports of injury at this point, however one local English blog, Keep Talking Greece, has reported that a tourist was ‘slightly injured when grouts[sic] fell on her.’

 

One woman who identifies herself as the nanny of a nine-year-old on a trip, tweeted, ‘Was just in a restaurant eating when we were hit by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake. We are all okay but the nine-year-old I’m nannying on this trip laughed and pointed at me, telling me that I was the only one sitting directly under the chandelier.’

July is peak tourist season in Greece as visitors explore the ancient city, visiting sites like the Acropolis and enjoying downtime on the beaches along the mainland’s coast and on the Greek Isles.

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