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Double Quakes Rock Southern Greece

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Two large earthquakes have hit southern Greece today, shaking Athens and rocking towns as far south as the island of Crete, including hundreds of holiday destinations.

Despite the size of the tremors, there have been no reports of casualties or damage to buildings so far.

The first quake measured 6.7 on the Richter scale, according to the US Geological Survey.

And the second quake, which came two hours later, had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4.

Witnesses have told how the first tremor lasted at least 15 seconds.

"We were shaken for quite a long time, swaying back and forth," Tanya Spiropoulou from the northern Athens suburb of Marousis told Reuters news agency.

It sent people rushing out of buildings in cities across southern Greece.

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