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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-03-04

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  • [01] Search continues for major antiquities smuggling ring
  • [02] Earthquake shakes Halkidiki peninsula

  • [01] Search continues for major antiquities smuggling ring

    AMNA--Law enforcement authorities were on Sunday continuing an investigation in Macedonia, Thessaly and central Greece to uncover a major ring of illegal antiquities traders. They have made 44 arrests so far and recovered more than 8,000 ancient gold and silver coins found in the possession of the suspects.

    Police said the ancient coins are now being counted and a search launched to discover their origin and value.amna

    They have also confiscated several metal detectors, sums of money and books on the history of the specific coins in the possession of the suspects.

    [02] Earthquake shakes Halkidiki peninsula

    AMNA--A moderately strong earthquake measuring 5.0 points on the Richter scale shook the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece early on Saturday, at around 5:31 a.m.

    According to the Thessaloniki University Seismological Station, the epicentre of the quake was located in the sea between the Sithonia and Athos 'fingers' of the peninsula, some 109 kilometres east of the city of Thessaloniki.amna

    Though the tremor was strongly felt in the area, there were no victims or damages reported. It had been preceded by a quake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale in the same area on February 14.amna

    Seismologists later announced that the pattern of aftershocks was unfolding in the normal way and provided no cause for alarm.

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