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Quake of magnitude 5.8 hits Cephalonia Island in western Greece

Published on Jan 27, 2014 12:02 AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - A strong earthquake rocked the island of Cephalonia in western Greece on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage, police and fire brigade officials said.

The 5.8-magnitude quake struck at 3.55p, according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute. Its epicentre was 6km north-east of the town of Argostoli, the island's capital. No tsunami warning was issued.

The tremor was felt across western Greece, the Geodynamic Institute said.

"It was a very strong quake and it scared people. So far we have no reports of injuries but there are reports of damage in the road network and in homes, but (it is)... not major," a police official on the Ionian Sea island told Reuters.

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