Magnitude-5.3 quake hits Macedonia; at least 30 injured (Update)

Magnitude-5.3 quake hits Macedonia; at least 30 injured (Update)
People sit outside buildings near fallen bricks, after an earthquake in Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Macedonian authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck on the outskirts of the capital, Skopje, Sunday causing minor damage to buildings but no injury. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck on the outskirts of Macedonia's capital on Sunday, injuring at least 30 people and causing minor damage to buildings, authorities said.

The quake occurred just after 3 p.m. (1300 GMT; 9 a.m. EDT), 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.

At least 30 people were slightly injured leaving their homes in panic, crisis management department spokeswoman Nadica V'ckova told The Associated Press late Sunday.

The U.S. Geological Survey also gave the quake a preliminary magnitude of 5.3, with its epicenter about four kilometers 4 kilometers (2 ½ miles) east-northeast of Skopje, at a depth of 10 kilometers (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.

Cernih said at least four strong aftershocks followed the big quake, while a smaller quake was recorded earlier in the day.

A large earthquake in 1963 leveled much of Skopje, killing more than 1,000 people.

  • Magnitude-5.3 quake hits Macedonia; at least 30 injured (Update)
    Girls look at a car, demolished by a concrete block after an earthquake in Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Macedonian authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck on the outskirts of the capital, Skopje, Sunday causing minor damage to buildings but no injury. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
  • Magnitude-5.3 quake hits Macedonia; at least 30 injured (Update)
    People sit in a street outside their homes, after an earthquake in Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Macedonian authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck on the outskirts of the capital, Skopje, Sunday causing minor damage to buildings but no injury. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
  • Magnitude-5.3 quake hits Macedonia; at least 30 injured (Update)
    People stand in a street after running out of their homes after an earthquake in Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Macedonian authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck on the outskirts of the capital, Skopje, Sunday causing minor damage to buildings but no injury. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
  • Magnitude-5.3 quake hits Macedonia; at least 30 injured (Update)
    A seismologist comments on an earthquake measured on a screen, at the Seismological Observatory in Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Macedonian authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck on the outskirts of the capital, Skopje, Sunday causing minor damage to buildings but no injury. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

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