Advertisement

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes Greek tourist island

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit near Greece on Thursday October 25, 2018. USGS

A strong earthquake has struck off Greece’s western coast near the tourist island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea. Authorities say there were no immediate reports of damage.

READ MORE: Greece wildfires: Hugging bodies found near beach as death toll climbs to 74

The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter of the 6.8 magnitude quake was 35.9 kilometres southwest of Lithakia in the southern part of the island. It had a depth of 16 kilometres 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.

Story continues below advertisement

WATCH: Amateur video captures moment landslide hits on popular tourist beach in Greece

Click to play video: 'Amateur video captures moment landslide hits on popular tourist beach in Greece' Amateur video captures moment landslide hits on popular tourist beach in Greece
Amateur video captures moment landslide hits on popular tourist beach in Greece – Sep 14, 2018

Authorities issued no immediate reports of damage on Thursday.

Sponsored content