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30 Oct 2020 | 12:45 PM UTC

Greece: 7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes in Icarian Sea north of Samos on October 30

Greece News Alert

7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes in Icarian Sea north of Samos on October 30; aftershocks likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/30/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Athens). COUNTRY/REGION Izmir, Turkey, Athens

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Event

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck in the Icarian Sea, 14 km (8.7 miles) north of the island of Samos on Friday, October 30. The quake struck at 13:51 (local time) at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). According to local reports, effects from the quake have been felt as far away as Athens. There have been preliminary reports of buildings damaged in Samos. Similar damage is likely on other islands in the area. 

Aftershocks are likely in the affected area over the coming hours and days.

Advice

Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g., under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

 

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