8 magnitude natural disaster causes Greek island damage

AFP | A map locating the 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Greece

A 6.8 magnitude quake struck the Greek island of Zakynthos, commonly known as Zante, on Thursday night at 22:54 (01:54 Friday morning Greek time).

The main 6.4-magnitude quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers in the sea 50 km off the coast of Zakynthos. Power outages have been reported on the Greek island of Zakynthos, according to a local official.

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

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British tourists on holiday in Greece have told of their terror when a powerful natural disaster shook the country early on Friday, with some fleeing their hotels as aftershocks continued for several hours.

Tourists on the popular vacation island were forced to evacuate their hotels in the middle of the night after the quake hit, Sky News reported.

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No serious damage or injuries were reported, although the main harbor for the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea was damaged, and the sidewalk near moored boats cracked and warped.

Nobody was injured by the tremor, which struck at 01:54 on Friday (22:54 GMT), but there was significant damage to the local port and a 13th Century island monastery south of Zakynthos.

The quake struck at 1.54 am in the Ionian sea, around 30 miles off the coast of Zante and sent out tremors felt as far afield as Libya, Italy, Malta and Albania.

Shocked locals on the Ionian island ran to the streets and said they had horrific flashbacks of the natural disaster in 2008 in Zakynthos, due to the intensity of the shake.

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

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