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Earthquakes rattle West Peloponnese and Zakynthos, dozens of aftershock

Three earthquakes and dozens of aftershocks have been rattling West Peloponnese since Monday afternoon are a cause of concern for local residents. Seismologists closely monitor the phenomenon.

The first earthquake with 4.5R occurred at 06:32 p.m. on Monday. It was followed by a 4.8R tremor occurring occurred three minutes before 8 o’ clock evening with its epicenter in the sea area between Peloponnese and the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea.

A third one occurred with 4.3R half an hour after midnight.

All through the night dozens of aftershocks occurred, 14 of them below 2.8R.

The epicenters of the earthquakes are located around the town of Amaliada, a seismic prone area.

No injuries or material damages have been reported.

Locals report of intense roar coming from under the earth surface, which is when the tectonic plates move and crash against each other.

Seismologists are closely monitoring the phenomenon.

Director of Greece’s Geodynamics Institute of the National Observatory in Athens told a local radio “I will be able to say that the phenomenon is over in a month. until then everydoby should be careful.”

Efthimios Lekkas, director of Greece’s Earthquake Planning & Protection Organization appeared reassuring and said “We closely monitor the phenomenon, the area has a lot of fault lines that have given strong earthquakes in the past.”

In October 2018, a 6.4R earthquake occurred in the area.

According to local media, the Civil Protection and local authorities are on alert and prepared to face any situation.

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