An earthquake, or rather a very strong aftershock, registered at a magnitude of 6.1 rocked the Greek island of Kefalonia early Monday morning, just one week after a 5.9 magnitude quake damaged homes and buildings in the same region. The head of the Athens Geodynamic Institute, Thanassis Ganas, was quoted last week saying, “We need 48 hours to say with 99 per cent certainty that this was the main quake.”
This second tremor was felt in parts of Western mainland Greece as well as nearby islands.
Citizens are being encouraged to leave as a precaution. Minor injuries have been reported. Impact on travel is unclear but likely air travel will remain unaffected.
The island is near the epicenter of seismic activity in that part of the Mediterranean and is known for experiencing earthquakes. The last major earthquake to cause damage and loss of life was in 1953, and it was coincidentally two quakes within one week.
Residents have been experiencing small aftershocks since the January 29th quake, this one being the strongest.