Strong earthquake hits Greek tourist island in Ionian Sea
ATHENS, Greece — A strong earthquake struck off the western Greek tourist island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea early Friday. There were no immediate reports of major damage.
The United States Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 6.8 magnitude quake was 35.9 kilometers (22.3 miles) southwest of Lithakia in the southern part of the island. It had a depth of 16 kilometers and struck at 2 a.m. local time Friday (2300 GMT Thursday).
Greece’s fire service said no damage has been reported so far, but power has been cut off in the island capital of Zakynthos.
Greece lies in one of the world’s most earthquake-prone regions, with thousands of quakes recorded every year. But few cause injuries or significant damage.
Zakynthos has had severe earthquakes in the past, and as a result has a very strict building safety code. /kga
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