Major Earthquake Strikes Near Greek Islands, Aftershocks Reported

Tremors Felt as Far as Italy
October 25, 2018 Updated: October 25, 2018

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit just south of the Greek island of Lithakia in the Ionian Sea, Italy’s seismological agency reported.

According to the USGS, a series of earthquakes have hit the same location in the early morning, local time, with the strongest 6.8 tremor striking at 1:54 a.m. local time on Friday, Oct. 26. The epicenter of the strong quake was reported by the USGS as 16.6 kilometers (10.3 miles) deep.

Residents and seismologists have reported tremors felt across the region, including in Athen, which lies 282 kilometers (175 miles) to the northwest, Albania to the north, and parts of Italy to the northwest.

Just half an hour earlier, a 5.0 magnitude quake hit the same location, according to the USGS. Another 5.2 magnitude aftershock was felt at 2:09 a.m. local time.


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