Emergency declared on Greek island after earthquake

By Michelle Kapusta,

A state of emergency was declared Monday on the Greek island of Kefalonia after an earthquake hit and injured seven people.

According to the Associated Press, schools on the island were ordered to close after the 5.8-magnitude quake struck near the town of Lixouri. The quake was followed by numerous aftershocks.

Euronews has reported that Interior Minister Yiannis Michelakis visited the island on Sunday and said that the injuries were not life-threatening.

“We had some minor injuries, with initial information indicating that seven people were wounded, mostly from falling masonry," he said.

Local officials said two ferries were on the way to the island to provide assistance to residents whose homes sustained damage, the AP notes.

While earthquakes in Greece are common, they are relatively small and usually not felt.

The last time the largest Ionian Island on Greece's west coast had such a massive quake was in August of 1953. That quake, which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale, caused extensive damage throughout the islands of Kefalonia and Zakynthos.

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