Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Greece orders villages evacuated in quake-hit area

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities evacuated three villages in southwestern Greece on Monday after seismologists warned that a strong aftershock was expected in areas where a powerful earthquake killed two people and injured more than 200.

The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, struck Sunday afternoon near the western port city of Patras, about 120 miles west of Athens.

It flattened or severely damaged about 200 houses in the provinces of Ahaia and Ilia and left more than 800 buildings with lighter damage and cracks, state NET television said. The quake also damaged the air traffic control tower at a military airport.

By late Monday, 230 people had sought medical treatment for injuries suffered during the quake, NET television said. More than 20 remained hospitalized.

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