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18 Jan 2020 | 10:46 PM UTC

Greece: 5.0-magnitude earthquake hits near Sami January 19

US Geological Survey (USGS) records 5.0-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sami on January 19; no immediate reports of damages



A 5.0-magnitude earthquake was recorded by the US Geological Survey (USGS) off the coast of Sami on Sunday, January 19. The quake hit at around 04:52 (local time) about 8 km (5 mi) east-southeast at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). No tsunami warning was immediately issued. As of 06:40, no damages or associated disruptions have been reported.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.