ATHENS, Greece – A strong earthquake of a Greek – speaking tourist Englisch: www.germnews.com/archive/en-US/1995/02/15.html. Friday mornings were as far away as Athens, but no big ones. damage or injury.
The main port of the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea was still functional? hig, said civil protection press spokesman Said Spyros Georgiou. Pictures from the harbor showed cracked and warped streets near moored boats.
Electricity was lost in the island capital and capital, also called Zakynthos, but no major damage was reported there.
"We are reviewing the villages on the island, where there are several older buildings," he told the Associated Press. "The lack of electricity is a problem, but technicians are trying to restore power."
The fire department said that quarries were reported in another part of the island and part of a church wall in the town of Pyrgos in the southern Peloponnese area. A few people were treated for minor injuries.
Georgiou said that a tentative tsunami warning was issued, even though no two hours had passed since the quake.
The US Geological Survey said that the underwater quake had a magnitude of 6.8 and its epicenter was 33 kilometers southwest of Mouzaki in the southern part of the island. It had a depth of 14 kilometers and hit just before 2 pm local time (2300 GMT on Thursday).
Greece's largest earthquake monitoring center, the Geodynamic Institute of the University of Athens, measured the magnitude at 6.4, saying it had a depth of 5 kilometers. Quake level measurements may vary due to the equipment each institution uses and other factors.
Moderate advance and aftershocks also shook the area. The village of Mouzaki is located near the popular resort of Laganas.
The quake shook the whole of western Greece and was strongly felt in the capital 280 kilometers northeast of Zakynthos.
Greece is in one of the earthquake-prone regions of the world with thousands of quakes registered every year. But only a few cause injury or significant damage. In 1999, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake on the outskirts of Athens killed 143 people.
Zakynthos has had severe earthquakes in the past and therefore has a very strict security code for buildings.
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