January 8, 2006

Strong earthquake rattles Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) - A strong earthquake shook central Athens
at 1130 GMT (6:30 a.m. EDT) on Sunday, witnesses said, but
there were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

The earthquake lasted for about seven seconds and Greek
television said it was felt as far away as 200 km (120 miles)
north of the capital.

In September 1999, an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the
Richter scale struck Athens, killing at least 143 people and
leaving 60,000 people homeless.