Earthquake strikes central Greece, no damage or injuries

ATHENS (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 struck central Greece yesterday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 11.24am local time around 240 kilometres northwest of the capital, Athens, and nearly 40 kilometres east of the western town of Arta.

The United States (US) Geological Survey gave the preliminary magnitude as 5.2 while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre gave a preliminary magnitude of 5.1.

It is common for different seismological centres to have varying magnitudes for earthquakes, particularly in the early hours and days after they strike.

Greece lies in one of the world’s most seismically active areas and earthquakes are common, although major damage and fatalities are rare.