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Tents set up for homeless from Greek earthquakes

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 | 3:31 a.m.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities are setting up tents for those left homeless by a series of earthquakes on the western Greek island of Kefalonia and are sending dozens of prefabricated classrooms there so children can go back to school safely.

A strong quake with a 5.7 preliminary magnitude hit Kefalonia on Monday, a week after a 5.9-magnitude temblor. Hundreds of aftershocks have shaken the island throughout the week.

Tents were being put up Tuesday in a sports field near Lixouri, Kefalonia's second-largest town and the most severely hit. The town's port was severely damaged and police are allowing only emergency vehicles along the road linking it to the rest of the island for fear of rock slides.

Authorities have told residents not to approach damaged buildings.