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Earthquake rattles central Greece: observatory

world Updated: Sep 16, 2009 17:11 IST

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 on the open-ended Richter scale was recorded Wednesday in central Greece, near the city of Lamia, seismologists at the Athens observatory said.

No casualties or serious property damage were reported in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, which was felt throughout the centre of Greece when it struck 10:13 am (0713 GMT).

The epicentre was located 22 kilometres (13.7 miles) west of Lamia, near the villages of Makrakomis et Xiniadas, to the north of the city.

Greece is the European nation most exposed to earthquakes, experiencing about half of all instances recorded on the continent.