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Earthquake hits Greece, Turkey offers help

Earthquake hits Greece, Turkey offers help

5.9 magnitude quake hits Greek city Larissa. Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu says they are ready "to asisst neighbor if need be."
03.03.2021 - 18:01

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the northwest of Larissa, the fifth most populous city of Greece, on Wednesday.

The earthquake hit a region 24 kilometers (14.9 miles) northwest of Larissa at around 12.16 p.m. local time (1016GMT) at a depth of 7.8 kilometers (4.8 miles), according to the Institute of Geodynamics in the capital Athens.

The quake was followed by three aftershocks, measured 4.6, 5.9, and 4.4 magnitudes, respectively, the institute said.

Some old houses in the region were destroyed and some churches and schools were damaged, according to local reports.

No injuries or casualties have been reported so far.

TURKEY'S OFFER TO GREECE AFTER EARTHQUAKE

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks to Greek counterpart after 5.9 magnitude quake hits Greece.

Expressing solidarity with Greece, Turkey’s foreign minister Wednesday offered help to his Greek counterpart.

Speaking to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias by phone, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey is ready to help Greece in case of need.

Cavusoglu made the phone call during his meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, who is on an official visit to the capital Ankara.

The Turkish minister also tweeted, saying: "Standing ready to assist our neighbor if need be."