Strong earthquake rattles Greece, Ionian sea

Europe Materials 26 October 2018 04:39 (UTC +04:00)

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Greece in the early morning hours of Friday, being felt as far as Italy, Albania, Malta and Macedonia, Sputnik reported.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter was recorded in the Ionian Sea, roughly 50 miles from the Greek city of Pyrgos and 175 miles from capital city of Athens.

BNO News reported residents in Greece describing the quake to officials with the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre as "strong," adding that they experienced shaking for an estimated 15 to 30 seconds.

"Extremely violent shaking," another person said. "Objects fell off of shelves. Loud rumbling sound."

No damages or deaths have yet been reported. However, power outages have been reported on the island of Zakynthos, according to BNO.