Earthquake Shakes Turkey, Greece

ANKARA, Turkey (January 8, 2013)---An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 hit Tuesday an area off Turkey's Aegean coast, Turkey's seismology Center said.

The earthquake was felt in Istanbul and neighboring regions, but there was no immediate report of any damage.

The Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory said the quake occurred at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday off the coast from Turkey's northwestern Canakkale province.

Authorities were still assessing possible damage.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute in Greece put the magnitude at 5.9 and said the quake struck between the Greek islands of Lemnos and Lesvos, near the Turkish coast.

The quake was also mildly felt in Athens.

The U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 5.7.

Earthquakes are common in Turkey and Greece, much of which lie atop fault lines.


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