Earthquake in western Greece injures 20

A score of people on the western coast of Greece have been injured today following an undersea earthquake which damaged buildings.

Greek officials on the Ionian island of Lefkada said that it was believed at least 20 people had been injured during the eartquake which measured 6.4 on the Richter scale.

It is feared that some of those injured may be foreign nationals on holiday in the area.

The powerful earthquake, which occurred in the early hours of the morning, was also felt on other popular holiday destinations in the group of islands. Corfu, which is around 50 miles to the north of the epicentre, was also effected, although it is understood there was no damage to buildings or property. The tremors from the quake could be felt as far away as Athens - which lies 200 miles from the epicentre.

The quake is one of the largest to hit the region in recent years.

In 1999 an earthquake measuring 5.9 struck Athens killing 140 people.


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