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Mild Quakes Shake Parts of Greece

August 18, 1999

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Four mild earthquakes shook parts of northwestern and southern Greece today, but caused no damages or injuries.

Although Greece is an earthquake-prone country, experts said the temblors were not connected to the strong earthquake that devastated neighboring Turkey on Tuesday.

A quake with the preliminary magnitude of 4.1 occurred at 9:50 a.m., with an epicenter 13 miles southeast of the city of Patras, 140 miles west of Athens.

Two other temblors, with preliminary magnitudes of 4.1 and 4.2 occurred at 1:45 a.m. and 1:53 a.m., in the seabed off of Kythira, an island off the coast of the Peloponnese peninsula, 140 miles south of Athens.

In an area 13 miles west of Arta, which is 175 miles northwest of Athens, a quake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2, occurred at 1:22 a.m., the Athens Geodynamic Institute said.

None of the quakes caused any injuries or damage.

``These areas have nothing to do with the Anatolian fault,″ said Yiannis Papis, a seismologist at the Athens Geodynamic Institute. He was referring to the fault which caused Turkey’s powerful quake.

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