Friday 22 September 2017

Huge earthquake rocks the coast of Greece

An earthquake was felt in the Greek capital Athens, 385 kilometers away
An earthquake was felt in the Greek capital Athens, 385 kilometers away
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A powerful earthquake has stuck the western coast of Greece, rattling the Ionian Islands and being felt as far away as Athens.

The 6.7-magnitude quake struck southwest of Ioannina in Greece at a depth of some 10 kilometers, according to the US Geological Service.

A second reading gave a magnitude of 6.8 and a depth of just 5 km.

The tremor took place shortly after 9:10 am, with its epicenter located 11 kilometers off the island’s southwest coast.

Its effects were felt in the Greek capital, some 385 kilometers away, according to local reports.

A local government official in Lefkada, speaking on Greek television, also said he had no reports of serious damage or injuries.

Earthquakes are common in Greece, which is one of the world's most seismically active areas.

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