Strong earthquake hits Greek island of Lefkada

The Greek island of Lefkada  in the Ionian Sea has been hit by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday morning, shortly followed by a second one, of 5.2 magnitude.

Lefkada, Greece.

Lefkada, Greece. Image by George Terezakis / CC BY-SA 2.0

The epicentre was about 20km west of Lefkada Town at a depth of 5km. According to reports the earthquake was also felt in Corfu, southwest Peloponnese and even Athens. Two women are reported dead and four people injured, a church has collapsed, some buildings are damaged and many roads blocked by landslides. Significant damage to the Vasiliki port is also being reported. In January 2014 the island of Kefallonia, also part of the Ionian group, was hit by two earthquakes (6 and 5.7 magnitude respectively) which caused serious damage to the island’s infrastructure. Read more:

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