Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Strong Earthquake Rattles Greece, Ionian Sea

Strong Earthquake Rattles Greece, Ionian Sea

Power was lost in the island capital and main town, also called Zakynthos, for several hours and outages were also reported elsewhere.

In particular the quake was felt on Zakynthos, where a series of after shocks were strong, with the highest figure being 5.6.

Civil protection agency press spokesman Spyros Georgiou said: "The lack of electricity is a problem, but technicians are trying to restore power".

The quake was felt in all the islands of the Ionian Sea, in western Greece and in Athens, in south Italy, on Malta and in Libya.

Zakynthos Mayor Pavlos Kolokotsas said that the situation was under control and no injuries were reported to him, although landslides triggered by the quake had caused some damage.

It hit off the southern part of the island, also known as Zakynthos, in the Ionian Sea at 1.50 am (2250 GMT Thursday), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). 'Calm is being restored'.

The Greek tourist island, popular with Brits, is understood to have been the epicentre. Schools and public services were shut today but the island's main airport and ports were operating despite damage. More than 140 people were killed in an natural disaster north of Athens in 1999.

Others also described it as "strong" or 'very strong, ' saying the shaking lasted 15 to 30 seconds.

Greece is situated in one of the world's most earthquake-prone areas, with thousands of tremors recorded every year.

Zakynthos is an island which has strict building safety codes due to the number of quakes that occur.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) has reported a change in sea level, confirming the possibility of a tsunami.

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