Zakynthos quake: Greek island shaken by 6.4 tremor

Zakynthos quake: Greek island shaken by 6.4 tremor

Zakynthos quake: Greek island shaken by 6.4 tremor

The US Geological Survey says a strong quake of magnitude 6.8 struck off Greece early today. "The lack of electricity is a problem, but technicians are trying to restore power".

Dozens of aftershocks have rattled the Ionian island of Zakynthos and regions further afield following a powerful natural disaster on Friday morning.

The natural disaster was so intense that, apart from Greece, it was also felt in southern Italy, Malta and Albania.

News websites said a 15th-century monastery had been damaged, with one, Zante News Time, displaying images of masonry that had fallen from a building facade and items dislodged from shelves in shops.

Western Greece was jolted by the tremor, also felt in Athens as well as in Albania, Italy, Libya and Malta.

Greek authorities have said that so far, three people have been taken to hospital, two of which were being treated for minor injuries.

Residents also left their homes in the city of Patras on the Greek west coast, reports said.

Greece's main quake monitoring center, Athens' University's Geodynamic Institute, measured the magnitude at 6.4, and said it had a depth of 5 kilometers.

The USGS lists perceived shaking from a quake such as this as "very strong" and potential damage as "moderate". Measurements of quake strength can vary due to the equipment each institution uses and other factors.

Pavements have been damaged in Zakynthos' main port but no major injuries reported.

Mouzaki Village is close to the popular tourist destination of Laganas.

Greece lies in one of the world's most earthquake-prone regions, with thousands of quakes recorded every year.

The natural disaster led to brief power cuts on Zakynthos.

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

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