Earthquake Kills 2 In Greece

ATHENS -- A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 struck southwestern Greece on Sunday, flattening homes and killing at least two people and injuring dozens more, authorities said.

The quake struck near the port city of Patras, about 200 kilometers west of Athens in the northwestern Peloponnese, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said. It said the epicenter was close to the surface.

Greek Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos said two people had been killed and 37 were injured, most of them lightly.

Of the dead, one man was killed by a falling roof while the other was a woman who had been lightly injured in the quake, but died later in hospital of a heart attack, Pavlopoulos


The area was rattled by frequent aftershocks, and seismologists urged caution.

"We are watching the seismic activity with great attention. We are not yet certain that the danger is completely over," said Athens Geodynamic Institute director Gerasimos Papadopoulos.

"I have seen nothing like that in my lifetime," an 88-year-old woman in Kato Ahaia, one of the areas near the epicenter, told state-run NET television. "When the earthquake began, I was in bed. I tried to leave but fell down. I crawled on my knees to the front door." She said neighbors got her out of the house.