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6.8 earthquake in Greece triggered tsunami felt in Malta, Libya, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Turkey.

6.8 earthquake in Greece triggered tsunami felt in Malta, Libya, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Turkey.

A major 6.8 earthquake in Greece at 12.54 am local time is not expected to cause damage. However a  tsunami was observed in the sea level instrument nearby of about 20cm. This can cause a strong local current.

The epicentre of the quake was located in the Ionian Sea, near the Greek Island of Zante and about 50 miles north-east of the city of Pyrgos.

The quake had a depth of around 16 kilometres. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said casualties are possible.

Tourists report violent shaking in Greece. Witnesses tweeted : “Objects fell off shelves. According to reports, the quake lasted 15 to 30 seconds and was felt as far as Malta, Libya, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Turkey.

3 hours after the quake no reports of casualties or injuries were reported.

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