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Strong Earthquake Hits Greece; 2 Dead, Dozens Injured


A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 has struck southern Greece, killing two people, injuring at least 120 others, and damaging dozens of homes.

Authorities say the quake struck the Peloponnese region Sunday afternoon, sending terrified residents into the streets. Emergency services in the region reported damage to old buildings in the port city of Patras and in a number of villages.

Rescuers also say at least four people, including a nine-year-old girl, were rescued from the rubble of their houses after the quake hit. Tourism officials say no damage was reported in any of the area's hotels and that no tourists were hurt.

Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis issued a statement saying his thoughts are with fellow citizens who are suffering, and that the government will be at their side. Sunday's quake was felt as far away as Athens and southern Italy.

Greek seismologists say aftershocks are expected. They have urged people to stay calm and follow the directions of authorities.

Earthquakes are common in Greece.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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