Earthquake shakes Skopje, causes minor damage
Macedonian authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck on the outskirts of the capital yesterday, causing minor damage to buildings but no injuries.
The quake occurred just after 3 p.m., seismologist Dragana Cernih from the national seismological observatory told The Associated Press.
She said she received reports of cracks in the walls of buildings or collapsed chimneys, as well as damage to roofs in villages around Skopje. But she said there was no indication of people being injured.
The US Geological Survey also gave the quake a preliminary magnitude of 5.3, with its epicentre about four kilometres east-northeast of Skopje, at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles). The Potsdam-based German Research Centre for Geosciences, or GFZ, gave a magnitude of 5. Earthquake experts often give different estimates of magnitude.