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| Earth | Human World on Jan 26, 2014

Strong earthquake on island in western Greece

Reports of the magnitude of the January 26, 2014 earthquake in Greece vary, but, at this time, the USGS is still reporting the quake as a magnitude 6.0.

Earthquake in western Greece, January 27, 2014

Earthquake in western Greece, January 27, 2014

A strong earthquake has struck near the town of Lixourion, or Lixouri – population 9,800 – on the island of Kefalonia in western Greece. Reports of the magnitude of the quake vary, but, at this time, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is still reporting the quake as a magnitude 6.0. The local time was late Sunday afternoon, January 26, 2014. Apparently the shaking was also felt in other countries, including Albania, Montenegro, Bulgaria and southern Italy. Seismologists and local officials are reporting damage and possible injuries, according to at least one report. Few details are available at this time. According to GreekReporter.com:

Residents of Kefalonia are scared. This event reminded them about the great earthquake of 1953 (M 7.2), where hundreds of people lost their lives.

The January 27 earthquake took place on the Greek island of Kefalonia, with the epicenter in the town of Lixourion.

The January 27 earthquake took place on the Greek island of Kefalonia, with the epicenter in the town of Lixourion.

Details of the quake, from USGS, follow

Event Time

2014-01-26 13:55:43 UTC
2014-01-26 15:55:43 UTC+02:00 at epicenter

Location
38.208°N 20.425°E depth=18.8km (11.7mi)

Nearby Cities
0km (0mi) NW of Lixourion, Greece
61km (38mi) NW of Zakynthos, Greece
87km (54mi) SSW of Preveza, Greece
89km (55mi) WSW of Mesolongi, Greece
289km (180mi) W of Athens, Greece

Bottom line: The USGS is reporting a strong earthquake in western Greece, on the island of Kefalonia, with the epicenter at the town of Lixourion on January 26, 2014.