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Intrepid reporter passes quake in restroom

Updated: August 28, 2004, 12:47 AM ET
By Brian Church | Special to ESPN Insider
ATHENS, Greece – If it's a small earthquake, we say "seismos" in Greek. For the ears, "seize moss" is close. Practice the word with Greek friends. They'll be terrified.

And if it's a big earthquake, we say "HOLY SEISMOS!"

Today, thankfully, was a small one. It took place at 3:38 this afternoon. Greece is seven hours ahead of Eastern, which means I usually set my alarm clock for 9:15 a.m. your time.

The quake had its epicenter more than 40 miles from Athens and some 12 miles, according to Associated Dozen, under the sea.

Guess a lot of whales had a seriously bad day today.

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