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Samos hit with 5.2 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale was recorded Wednesday in a sea area off the Aegean island of Samos, according to an announcement published by the Geodynamics Institute of the National Observatory of Athens.

The epicenter was reported 17 kilometers southwest of the town of Pythagoreio, the institute said. The depth was 12.8 kilometers. It occurred at 1.10 p.m.

There was no immediate report on damage or casualties. Another milder quake occurred at 12.56 p.m. in the same area. It measured 4.7 on the Richter scale and occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The island of Samos was hit by a third earthquake on Wednesday, measuring 4.5 magnitude on the Richter scale. It was recorded at a depth of 15.2 kilometers.

Seismologists have been vigilant after a double earthquake struck earlier on the day (4.7 and 5.2). According to Alexandros Lymperis, mayor of West Samos, there have been no reports of injuries or damages to buildings but the whole island is on edge.

Two people died and 19 were injured after the island was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in October 2020, but seismologists were quick to stress that Wednesday’s earthquakes are unrelated.