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EARTHQUAKES

Earthquake rocks northern Sweden

An earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale shook homes in parts of Västerbotten in the north of Sweden late Tuesday evening. While no injuries were reported, the quake was considered to be strong on Swedish terms.

“I was at home surfing on my computer when I felt everything start to shake. It started to rattle as if a train was going past and continued for 15-20 seconds, maybe longer. I had time to become really scared, anyway,” said Malin, who lives in the eastern parts of Skellefteå, to the TT news agency.

“When it was over the birds started to chirp in confusion,” she said.

The first preliminary details show that the epicentre of the quake lay somewhere between Skellefteå and Luleå, according to Reynir Bödvarsson at the Uppsala seismology institute.

“We get one of these strong ones each year somewhere in Sweden. This area is one of those which experience the most earthquakes in the country,” he said.

The police fielded a number of calls from people wondering what was occurring.

“Around 20 people have called and wondered what was happening. But there are no injuries recorded as far as I know,” Dan Jones at Västerbotten police said.

The earthquake occurred at around 10.30pm, shortly after the end of the Brazil-North Korea World Cup match.

The news of the earthquake spread rapidly across Swedish social media websites with a new Facebook group entitled: “Those of us who felt the legendary earthquake”, attracting over 2,000 members by Wednesday morning.

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GREECE

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey

A Swedish man was one of the people killed when a violent earthquake hit Greek island Kos, Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed.

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey
Rubble sitting outside the bar damaged by an earthquake in Kos, Greece. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

A second person killed was named as Turkish national Sinan Kurdoglu by Turkey's deputy prime minister, according to news agency the Associated Press. The men died when the roof of a bar collapsed in Kos, The Guardian reports.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Greek island and Turkish tourist resort Bodrum in the early hours of Friday. Greek officials said around 200 people were injured, at least 120 on Kos and 70 in Turkey. Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed that Swedes are among the injured.

The epicentre of the earthquake, which struck at around 1.30am local time, was 10 kilometres south of Bodrum and 16 kilometres north-east of Kos which was the worst hit, reports The Guardian.


A toppled column in Kos after the earthquake. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

“I'm still in shock,” Isak Bergh from Västerås told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, explaining that paintings and mirrors fell from the walls of the hotel he was in and the power was lost.

Another reader described the scene at Rhodes airport.

“I laid on the floor and started to shake around,” Brian Ramirez explained.