Government Spokesman: Life in Athens Back to Normal

The bell tower of Pantanassa church at the Monastiraki square is damaged following an earthquake in Athens, Friday, July 19, 2019. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the U.S. Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3. The Athens Institute says the quake struck at 2:38 p.m. local time (1113 GMT) about 26 kilometers (13.7 miles) north of Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

An earthquake of an initial estimate of 5.1 on the Richter scale occurred at 14:12 pm on Friday. The epicenter of the earthquake was 23 km northwest of Athens, in the region of Parnitha.

According to the Greek government spokesman, there have been no reports of injuries, only of damages in old, uninhabited buildings. Problems in mobile communication networks were temporary – due to network overloading – and all networks are now functioning properly. Life in Athens is back to normal.

Further information will be provided as necessary.