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Kefalonia earthquake: 5.8 magnitude earthquake, injuries reported among public

A lighthouse in Kefalonia
A lighthouse in Kefalonia
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A Kefalonia earthquake this Sunday was said to be a fairly powerful 5.8 magnitude quake that did substantial damage to a number of public roads and buildings, while numerous local residents also reported minor injuries. Authorities on the Greek island noted that the relatively small land mass was positively “shaken” by the natural phenomenon. The Inquisitr shares this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, that the earthquake was said to have caused both rock slides and considerable tremors throughout the region as well.

The earthquake in Kefalonia this weekend fortunately didn’t cause any major damage or claim any lives, but it did rock some residents down to their cores. The 5.8 level earthquake, which registers as a decently potent quake, was said to have caused some harm to the public due to falling objects and left visible damage to streets and structures in its wake. The Geodynamic Institute — which registered the earthquake and is located in Greece’s capital, Athens — confirmed that the seismic activity was centered roughly 175 miles west of the capital, and centered at a depth of over 11 miles in the earth.

According to the press release, media sources asserted that a number of people reported minor injuries from objects falling in the upheaval and striking them — both at home and in the office — as well as some property destruction. Kefalonia’s airport’s control tower was also struck by the earthquake, and rock falls were reported throughout the Greek island.

Manolis Skordilis, a professor at the University of Thessaloniki spoke with the Associated Press this weekend about the recent Kefalonia earthquake:

“It is too early to say if this is the main earthquake, although it likely is … This area shows the highest incidence of seismic phenomena, not only in Greece, but on an east-west axis stretching from Gibraltar to China. In 1983, there was a 7 magnitude quake in the same area… We have already had many aftershocks and expect many more.”

Within the first few hours of the earthquake’s aftermath, at least a dozen aftershocks were recorded, though these varied in terms of duration and power. However, several of these mini-tremors were said to have a magnitude of just under 3 on the scale. Another local professor at the University of Thessaloniki believes that the early 5.8 level reading may soon be bumped up to 6.0 or 6.2 force magnitude.

Greek authorities on the island are working to help the public get back on their feet after the Kefalonia earthquake, as many were left without power and others are still trying to recover from minor injuries or property damage after the powerful natural phenomenon.

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