Malta is shaken and stirred after Greece earthquake

Malta has been shaken by a powerful earthquake as far away as the Greek islands.

The 6.8-magnitude tremor, which struck near the tourist island of Zakynthos, was so strong it woke up thousands of people in Malta.

It struck at around 2am on Friday morning.

Facebook users reported feeling the tremor in Hamrun, Paola, Floriana, St Paul’s Bay and Mosta.

Shocked residents took to 89.7 Bay’s Facebook pages, with many claiming their ‘whole house’ was rattled.

Alana Bondin from Siggiewi said: ‘My bed and bedside table started shaking. I thought I was dreaming!’

Amanda Cortis from St Paul’s Bay posted: ‘It lasted only 3-4 seconds but it was enough to keep me awake for the rest of the night as I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life.’

Monica Runco added: ‘I felt it in Mosta. It woke me up. Everything in the house was shaking.’

Lina Spiteri Bailey wrote: ‘I felt it in Sliema. The furniture shook noisily.’

David Thorn from San Gwann posted: ‘I felt it. My bed was shaking.’

Sandra Rajakov Janković added: ‘My brother and I definitely felt it in St Paul’s Bay. The ground was really shaking.’

A series of aftershocks were felt in the hours after the quake.

For more information on the earthquake, follow the Seismic Monitoring and Research Group SMRG – University of Malta on Facebook.

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