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(zä`kĭnthôs) or


(zăn`tē), Lat. Zacynthus, island (1991 pop. 32,556), c.157 sq mi (407 sq km), W Greece, in the Ionian Sea; one of the Ionian IslandsIonian Islands
, chain of islands (1991 pop. 193,734), c.890 sq mi (2,310 sq km), W Greece, in the Ionian Sea, along the coasts of Epirus and the Peloponnesus. The group is made up of Kérkira, Paxoí, Lefkás, Kefallinía, Itháki,
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. The chief town is Zákinthos, a port and trade center and the capital of Zákinthos prefecture. Wine, currants, citrus fruits, and olive oil are produced on the fertile, intensively cultivated island. According to tradition, the island was settled by persons led by Zacynthus, son of the Arcadian chief Dardanus. Earthquakes devastated the island in 1514, 1893, and 1953; it was rebuilt completely after the last quake.
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an island in the Ionian Sea; the southernmost island of the Ionian Islands. It belongs to Greece. Area, 408 sq km. It is separated from the Peloponnesus by the Zakinthos Strait (approximately 20 km wide). There is a limestone massif (756 m) in the western part with slopes that fall sharply to the sea; it is covered with maquis and phrygana. The eastern part is a hilly plain with gardens, vineyards, and olive groves. There are asphalt deposits. The main city and port is Zakinthos.

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The epicenter was 16 kilometers (10 miles) east of Zakynthos and the depth was 23.2 kilometers (14.4 miles).
The epicenter was 78 kilometers (48 miles) south of Zakynthos and the depth was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
The quake rattled the whole of western Greece and was strongly felt in the capital, 280 kilometers (174 miles) to the northeast of Zakynthos.
Greece's Geodynamic Institute reported a tremor of 6.4, 50 kilometres south of Zakynthos. An official there confirmed a tsunami alert had been issued, which is standard for tremors over 5.5.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the magnitude 6.8 quake was 35.9 kilometers (22.3 miles) southwest of Lithakia in the southern part of Zakynthos and had a depth of 16 kilometers.
The flight was rescheduled to depart Zakynthos Airport at 8pm local time (6pm UK time) yesterday.
Aged eight she had begged for a henna tattoo on her arm during a family holiday to the same island of Zakynthos where James just had a face design he didn't bargain for.
The airline has also announced a twice weekly service to Zakynthos, operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting June 3, 2017, with fares starting from GBP81.00.
Sam Evans, his dad Scott and partner Toni-Leigh took it in turns to administer CPR after the 60-year-old was pulled on to Alykes Beach on the island of Zakynthos. Holidaying paramedic Will Carolan, from Ireland, also applied first aid.
When divers discovered what appeared to be ancient stonework off the coast of the Greek island of Zakynthos in 2013, archaeologists thought the odd rocks might be the ruins of an ancient city.
Ms Moreno, from Barry, had her right leg amputated below the knee after being hit when the car left the road on the island of Zakynthos in May 2011.