Greek Island of Lefkada Seriously Damaged from Earthquake



Source: lefkadapress.gr
Source: lefkadapress.gr

The Greek Island of Lefkada has suffered extensive damage from an 6.1 richter scale earthquake and the aftershocks that hit the island on Tuesday morning.

An aftershock that was measured to be up to 5.1 on the richter scale hit the island shortly after the earthquake. Greek media report that seismologists estimate that this was the strongest of 20 aftershocks that rocked the island.

The earthquake primarily damaged the village of Athani, where four houses and the local cemetery’s church collapsed, as well as the village of Dragani where three houses collapsed, Kathimerini newspaper reports. Other villages and areas have also been affected with several roads being damaged and cracked, or closed due to rock slides.

The Greek Infrastructure Ministry has sent 10 engineers to review the damage on the island.

Two people on Lefkada lost their lives from the earthquake. A sliding boulder broke through a house, resulting in the death of a 70 year old woman, while a second woman was reportedly struck by a falling electricity pole. Eight people have been reported injured.

The Ionian islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca were also damaged by Tuesday’s earthquake. Dionisis Stanitsas, Ithaca’s mayor, told the Athens Macedonian News Agency that while thankfully nobody died, the earthquake has caused extensive damage across the island.