Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Big quake near Greece felt as far away as Italy and Libya

Big quake near Greece felt as far away as Italy and Libya

The power cut and slight damage to the port of Zakynthos, near the epicentre, would not affect port operations, officials said.

In Zakynthos, the harbour is still functional although local schools have been shut down for the day as a precaution.

In particular the natural disaster was felt on Zakynthos, where a series of after shocks were strong, with the highest figure being 5.6. "The lack of electricity is a problem, but technicians are trying to restore power". According to reports, the quake lasted 15 to 30 seconds and was felt as far as Malta, Libya, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Turkey.

The major magnitude 6.8 quake was not only felt on the Greek island of Zakynthos but in mainland Greece as well, with tremors recorded in Greece's capital Athens.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude at 6.8 with a depth of just 16 kilometers (10 miles).

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But a spokesman for Greece's civil protection agency told Reuters that three people had been taken to hospital, two of them slightly injured.

The majority of damages were reported on Zante, in particular at the largest port of the island, which nevertheless remained open. A tsunami warning was briefly issued by the Greek authorities but has been withdrawn. "Calm is being restored".

"We're checking out the villages on the island, where there are several older buildings", Mr Georgiou said.

"We are expecting a big afterquake of up to 5.7 magnitude but it will be much smaller than the main quake".

In, Zakynthos strict building regulations protect the earthquake-prone island. The EMSC European quake agency said sea levels had risen slightly, by about 20cm, but the increase could be higher locally.

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