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Earthquake rattles with 4.8R Leonidio, east Peloponnese, felt in Athens

An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale rattled Leonidio and the broader area in Argolida. eastern Peloponnese, and was felt in Athens as well.

The earthquake was recorded at 7:20 on Tuesday morning.

According to the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens, the epicenter of the earthquake was in the sea, 16 km northeast of Leonidio and 101 km southwest of Athens. Its focal depth was 15 km. Two light tremors of 2 and 3 R preceded to the 4.8 R.

There have been no injuries or material damages, local media reported.

Seismologists told media that they were not sure whether this was the main earthquake in an area without strong seismic activity.

“The earthquake occurred in an area without strong seismic activity, though adjacent to a region of Leonidio with large structures and rifts,” said Efthymios Lekkas, head of the Greek Earthquake Planning and Protection organization.

Stressing that the phenomenon is being closely monitored, Lekkas added “until now there is nothing remarkable in the Argolic Gulf.” He noted  noting that it was still too soon to say whether this was the main earthquake.

He added that there are no plans so far to convene the committee for assessing seismic danger and reducing seismic risk.

Seismologist and research director of the Geodynamic Institute, Athanasios Ganas, told state broadcaster ERT that the rift that caused the earthquake “is large and well-known.”

This specific fault line “is large, it can produce large earthquakes. But we have no history of activity. The Argolic Gulf is an area with large faults but little seismic activity.”

Meanwhile, the Municipality of South Kynouria decided to suspend all school operations on Tuesday for preventing reasons.

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