Greece earthquake ALERT: Major earthquake shakes Kalamata – tourists rattled

Thursday, September 27, 2018
By Paul Martin

GREECE has been hit by a major earthquake today, as tourists and locals report feeling shaking in the city of Kalamata.

Thu, Sep 27, 2018

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake shook southern Greece today, but there has been no immediate reports of injuries.

The epicenter of the quake was 37 kilometers west of Methoni in the Peloponnese peninsula, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

It struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.21 miles), at 11.21 am BST.

Residents in the city of Kalamata, felt the shaking according to Greek media reports.

The Aegean Sea Plate (also called the Hellenic Plate or Aegean Plate) is a small tectonic plate located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea under southern Greece and far western Turkey.

In the eastern Mediterranean Sean, under southern Greece and far western Turkey lies the Aegean Sea Plate, also known as the Hellenic Plate of Aegean Plate.

The southern edge of this small place is a subduction zone south of Crete, which sees the African plate being swept under the Aegean Sea Plate.

The last time Greece was struck by an earthquake of this magnitude was on August 31 this year.

The first earthquake, which hit Greece at 8.12am BST, registered 5.1 magnitude.

It struck near the town of Kardítsa, which is 144 miles from the capital of Greece.

Just over an hour later another strong earthquake hit the same region. It registered 4.4 magnitude.

Yesterday a magnitude 4.4 quake struck just northeast of Palaikastron, in the sea of Crete at a depth of 36.9 miles.

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