A strong earthquake shook the capital of Athens at 14:13 in the afternoon. The earthquake was registered at 5.1 magnitude with an epicentre about 22km (14 miles) north-west of Athens, however it was felt even in northern Peloponnese, Evia and Central Greece. The earthquake was particularly felt in the centre of Athens, with incidents of people being trapped in elevators, following the power outage.
Several aftershocks followed with the strongest one registered at 4.3 magnitude on the Richter scale, almost an hour after the initial earthquake. There are extensive power outages in the center of Athens, Egaleo and Piraeus. In a statement issued by Maximos Mansion, the government spokesman, Stelios Petsas pointed out that there are no reports of serious injuries or damages.
The Fire Department received several calls for evacuation of people trapped in elevators. Mobile networks have encountered temporary problems due to overloading of the network.
The head of the anti-quake protection agency, Efthymios Lekkas told ERT that there is no reason for concern, as the capital’s buildings are built to withstand a much stronger earthquake.