60-yr-old woman killed in 6.1 magnitude quake in Greece

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A 60-year-old woman was killed when a strong quake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted the island of Lefkada in western Greece on Tuesday, the media reported.

The woman was killed when a rock, displaced by the quake, rolled down on her house on the island of Lefkada, according to an official.

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Damages to homes and regional roads were reported, Xinhua quoted Christos Katforis, deputy mayor of Apollonion municipality on the island, as saying.

The quake was felt across a large part of Greece. People on Lefkada and nearby Ionian Sea island of Kefalonia rushed out onto the streets.

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Local fire department has sent crews to Lefkada to assess the situation.

The epicentre was located 5 km deep in the sea about 25 km off the island’s northwestern coasts.

Earthquakes are common in Greece, but serious injuries and deaths are rare. More than 100 people died in a severe quake near Athens in 1999.

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