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05 Feb 2019 | 02:45 AM UTC

Greece: 5.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off Epirus coast Feb. 5

Greece News Alert

5.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Preveza (Epirus region) on February 5; further aftershocks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/5/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Athens). COUNTRY/REGION Preveza

Event

At approximately 04:26 (local time) on Tuesday, February 5, a 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck 18km northwest of Preveza (Epirus region). Aftershocks are possible in the area over the coming hours and days.

Context

The region surrounding the magnitude 5.4-magnitude earthquake is in an active seismic zone and earthquakes of this magnitude are not uncommon. Observers have recorded at least 13 earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or above in the region since 1900.

Advice

Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation, be prepared for aftershocks, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. During an earthquake, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from any tall structures, such as buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

 

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