An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 has shaken off the coast of Greece on Thursday night, as reported by the Athens Observatory. Several people injured and the internal records have damaged some buildings.
The epicenter of the quake has been located in the Ionian Sea about 133.5 kilometers southwest of Patras, in the Peloponnese. On the island of Zakynthos, the worst affected area, three people have been injured by the quake and have been admitted to the hospital.
One of the buildings affected by the earthquake is a 15th-century monastery and the port of the capital. Electricity has already been restored in the affected areas.
The inhabitants of Zakhyntos, a city that shares the name with the island, have been forced to sleep outside their homes for safety.
The mayor of the city, Pavlos Kolotostas, has assured that “it is an unprecedented land movement in recent years but fortunately we only have some material damage”.
The epicenter has been located only 16.5 kilometers below the seabed, which would have amplified the power of the tremor.
The earthquake has also been noticed in areas of southern Italy such as Sicily or Calabria, although there is no damage recorded in the transalpine country.
The first tremor was registered at 01.54 local time (22.54 GMT on Thursday) and had 3 aftershocks, the last being the most powerful, measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale.
Greece extends over two tectonic plates and often suffers earthquakes. The area already suffered a similar earthquake in 1953 that killed more than 400 people. The island authorities rebuilt the island using architecture prepared to withstand earthquakes.