Hotel owners on the holiday island of Kefalonia have rushed to insist there is no danger for tourists after the island was hit by several large earthquakes.
An official statement of support from the Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers says the vast majority of the hotel units on the island of Kefalonia are in a good condition with no reported problems.
Hoteliers insist that Kefalonia is ready to welcome holiday visitors this year and can accommodate both Greek and foreign visitors when the holiday season gets under way.
A quake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook the island on Sunday, January 26 followed by more than 250 aftershocks that caused major problems to the infrastructure of the island.
Kefalonia's largest hospital at Lixouri was evacuated, roads were blocked by landslides, homes abandoned and there are also concerns about two schools.
Many homes have been badly damaged and in Argostoli one in four buildings has been declared unfit for use. The village of Atheras was also evacuated on Monday for fear of landslides.
Residents unable to return to their damaged homes have been offered temporary accommodation on three ships that have docked in the main harbour at Argostoli.
The Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers says it is keeping an open line of communication with the Kefalonia and Ithaca Hotel Association which is constantly updating the situation of the island.
Meanwhile, one of the many problems that the residents of Kefalonia have to deal with, is the problems in water networks in many areas of the island. In Lixouri as well as in other areas the use of water for drinking or cooking is prohibited.
Another earthquake was recorded on mainland Greece in the area of Patras with a magnitude of 4.2 on the Richter scale and tremors were felt in Patras, Nafpaktos, Aigio and other coastal regions
This latest earthquake seems to be linked to the earthquakes on Kefalonia. It follows a winter of earthquakes in the Greek Islands with four tremors recorded in Thessaloniki and more off the coast of Crete in the southern Aegean.
Words by Jeremy Guest
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