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A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Greece early Friday, briefly triggering a tsunami warning. No significant damage has been reported. The quake hit at a shallow depth of 16.6km (10 miles) below the sea floor. It reached the island of Zakynthos, a popular tourist destination, with first reports indicating that some of the buildings there have sustained damage.
The quake was so powerful the jolts were felt across the region in at least eight countries, including Malta, Libya, Italy, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria and Turkey:
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) warned about a possible low-scale tsunami that could last for several hours after the earthquake, citing sea level changes following the tremor.
and here the gauge:
⚠️A tide gauge located 70 KM from the epicenter (in #Katakolo, #Greece) of the #earthquake, is recording the #tsunami waves, is ordered to evacuate immediately within a radius of 300 KM around the epicenter of the earthquake, do not go near the beach.#EQVT. pic.twitter.com/HGlN3Tkxj3
— American Earthquakes (@earthquakevt) 26 octobre 2018
Locals were advised against going to the beach to try and observe the tsunami. On Twitter, the EMSC cautioned that while in most places the wave will likely be limited to 20cm (about 7in) high, it could be significantly bigger locally.
Sea level changes observed in Greece confirming TSUNAMI pic.twitter.com/uoNS39L6eU
— EMSC (@LastQuake) October 25, 2018
The 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Greece left cracked concrete in the tourist island of Zakynthos. Power has been cut off, but no major injuries were immediately reported.
Here a few videos captured in living rooms in Patras, Greece:
Lamps swaying in Patras, Greece under the effects of the magnitude 6.6-6.8 earthquake tonight (22:54 UTC, Oct 25). Report: Theodoris Livanos pic.twitter.com/0flpgwJEW5
— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) 25 octobre 2018
and somewhere else in western Greece:
Anybody else in western Greece feel that massive earthquake about 20 minutes ago? This is video of our dining room chandelier stroll swinging 1-2 minutes *after* the earthquake ended! #earthquake #Patra #westernGreece #expatlife pic.twitter.com/4mDC2FUulO
— Aliz Koletas (@AlizKoletas) 25 octobre 2018
At least fifteen aftershocks have been reported in the wake of the quake.