6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Greece


Athens: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale struck 130 km southwest of Pátra of Greece around 2:00 am on Friday.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.8 magnitude quake was 35.9 kilometers (22.3 miles) southwest of Lithakia in the southern part of Zakynthos. It had a depth of 16 kilometers and struck at 22:55 GMT on Thursday.

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.