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BELGRADE, Wednesday 3 November 2010 (AFP) – An earthquake struck Serbia early Wednesday, killing two people, wounding dozens and inflicting substantial damage on the city of Kraljevo where electricity and other services were cut, reports said.

The 5.6-magnitude quake hit at 1:56 am (0056 GMT) with its epicentre 10 kilometres (six miles) north of Kraljevo in the centre of the country, the Serbian seismological institute said.

“Two people lost their lives at Grdica, close to Kraljevo, in the earthquake during the night,” Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said, quoted by the Tanjug news agency.

B92 television reported that emergency services in Kraljevo treated dozens of wounded.

The city was badly damaged, Tanjug said. It was plunged into darkness as power was cut while phone lines and water supply were also severed.

The quake was felt across the country, including the capital Belgrade about 150 kilometres north of Kraljevo.

The US Geological Survey measured it with a magnitude of 5.3 at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres.

It was followed by four other less powerful aftershocks, the Serbian institute said.

Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-eu-serbia-earthquake,0,1741216.story?track=rss

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