4.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Athens

An earthquake with a preliminary reading of 4.6 rattled Athens and central Greece on Dec 31, 2017.
An earthquake with a preliminary reading of 4.6 rattled Athens and central Greece on Dec 31, 2017. PHOTO: USGS

ATHENS (REUTERS) - An earthquake with a preliminary reading of 4.6 rattled Athens and central Greece early Sunday (Dec 31), witnesses said, with no immediate reports of damage.

The tremblor was recorded west of Athens at 6.02am in the Corinthian Gulf, with assessments giving it a focal depth of 5 kilometres, the National Observatory of Athens said on its website.

"It felt like two earthquakes in a row! It was quite strong. It woke me up," one person wrote on the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre website.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre was 79km north-west of Athens.

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