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5.8 Earthquake in Central Mediterranean Sea Region - ESMC

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The earthquake struck in the central area of the Mediterranean Sea, near the Greek regions of Methoni and Kalamata.

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the maritime region of the central Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The epicentre of the earthquake was located near the region of Methoni in Greece, some 439 kilometres from Athens. EMSC also cites reports of the earthquake felt in the regions of Albania.

​The initial assessment of the magnitude was 6.2, according to EMSC.

​The depth of the earthquake was just 10 kilometres, according to EMSC. No casualties have been reported.

Greece is located at a complex tectonic boundary zone in the eastern Mediterranean region, between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. The latest earthquake in the country took place in early May 2020, with a magnitude of 6.0.

The Mediterranean region is not as seismically active as the edges of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, but earthquakes regularly occur in the area.

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