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6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes off Greece coast

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6.8 earthquake off Greece coastAn earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck off Greece's west coast early Friday near the island of Zakynthos.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was located 20 miles south of the island's southern tip of Mouzaki.

The USGS said the quake occurred "as the result of rupture on or near the plate boundary between the Nubia (Africa) and the Eurasia plates."

The earthquake could be felt as far away as Athens, about 175 miles northeast of the island, the Evening Standard reported. While no significant damage reported on the island, the island's capital did lose electricity.


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