State of emergency on Greece’s Cephalonia island after 5.8 Richter scale quake

Greek interior minister Giannis Mihelakis declared a state of emergency for the island of Cephalonia in Greece on January 27 2014 after the island was shaken on January 26 by a strong earthquake, 5.8 on the Richter scale, which caused minor damage to some of the island’s older biuildings.

“Our aim is for life on the island to return to its normal rhythms as soon as possible,” Mihelakis said, adding that the state of emergency was issued, mainly, in order to overcome certain bureaucratic issues.

He said that “there is damage, but thankfully the island has ‘stood’. We did not mourn any casualties, only minor injuries, and that was the most pleasant fact”.

By 9am on January 27, there had been 45 recorded aftershocks, ranging from 3 – 5.1 on the Richter scale, following the main earthquake.

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