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Athens News Agency: News in English, 00-05-26

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    26/05/2000 10:36:26

    A strong eathquake jolted northwestern Greece in the Ionian seabed early on Friday causing damage to houses but no injuries.

    The quake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale was recorded at 04.25 local time and according to the Geodynamic Institute its epicentre was the Ionian sea.

    It was strongly felt in Preveza and the prefectures of Arta, Ioannina and Thesprotia causing panic among local inhabitants. Police said several houses were damaged and three local inhabitants were taken to hospital for shock treatment.

    Initial police reports said the quake caused minor cracks to several houses in Preveza and nearby villages.

    It was the second strong earthquake in 48 hours. An earthquake mesuring 6.0 degrees on the Richter scale also struck the seabed in the southern port city of Kalamata in the Peloponnese on Wednesday, but without damage or injuries.

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