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News Release

Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 11:34:55 UTC

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A strong earthquake occurred 195 km (120 miles) S of ATHENS, Greece at 4:34 AM MST, Jan 8, 2006 (1:34 PM local time in Greece). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time.

Three people slightly injured on Crete. Eighty homes and an airport damaged and phone service interrupted on Kythira. Minor damage and phone service interrupted on Crete and in Lakonia. Minor damage also on Karpathos. Felt (VI) at Amarousion; (V) at Irakleion, Kalamata, Chania and Nea Smirni; (IV) at Athens, Glifadha and Oikismos Papagou; (III) at Ermoupolis and Kifisia; (II) at Psikhikon. Also felt (IV) at Catania and Motta Sant'Anastasia; (III) at Caltagirone and Rutigliano; (II) at Campobasso, Italy. Felt (III) at Mgarr, Naxxar and San Ghiljan, Malta. Also felt (III) at Al Jizah and Cairo, Egypt. Also felt at Amman, Jordan and at Ramat Gan, Israel.


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