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5.3-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Greek Capital Athens

A strong earthquake jolted Athens, Capital of Greece, on Friday causing power outages around the city. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Athens hit with a 5.3-magnitude earthquake just after 2 p.m. local time. Due to the intense earthquake, phones connections were knocked out and buildings were damaged, as per the Associated Press. Panicked people rushed to the streets after feeling the earthquake hit. At least two people were slightly hurt – a young boy and a pregnant tourist, according to TV ERT. And, two abandoned building in the capital collapsed. The marble cupola cross of a historic 19th century church shattered onto the street below.  170-year-old Parliament building in Greece saw cracks in some walls after the earthquake. Dozens of people trapped in the elevators were rescued by the fire department. The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center said that the epicenter of the shallow quake was northwest of Athens. In 1999, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake left 143 people dead in and around the capital. Many people around the city were sent back home from work for the day but the Acropolis Museum remains open.

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