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Second relief ship heads to quake-struck Greek island

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    The collapsed wall of a house after an earthquake in Lixouri town on the island of Kefalonia, western Greece, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Greece’s government announced emergency relief for the residents of the Ionian islands of Kefalonia and Ithaki Monday, a day after they were hit by a strong quake which caused damage and slightly injured seven people. Sunday’s quake, whose magnitude the Athens Geodynamic Institute revised to 5.9 from the preliminary 5.8, has been followed by dozens of aftershocks that continued throughout the night and through Monday. (AP Photo/Giannis Soulis) (The Associated Press)

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    A section of a balcony roof is collapsed after an earthquake in Lixouri town on the island of Kefalonia, western Greece, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Greece’s government on Monday announced emergency relief for the residents of the Ionian islands of Kefalonia and Ithaki, a day after they were hit by a strong quake which caused damage and slightly injured seven people. Sunday’s quake has been followed by dozens of aftershocks that continued throughout the night and through Monday. (AP Photo/Giannis Soulis) (The Associated Press)

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    A house shows damage after an earthquake in Lixouri town on the island of Kefalonia, western Greece, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Greece’s government announced emergency relief for the residents of the Ionian islands of Kefalonia and Ithaki Monday, a day after they were hit by a strong quake which caused damage and slightly injured seven people. Sunday’s quake, whose magnitude the Athens Geodynamic Institute revised to 5.9 from the preliminary 5.8, has been followed by dozens of aftershocks that continued throughout the night and through Monday. (AP Photo/Giannis Soulis) (The Associated Press)

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    Elderly women gather inside a church as one sleeps after an earthquake in Lixouri town on the island of Kefalonia, western Greece, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Greece’s government announced emergency relief for the residents of the Ionian islands of Kefalonia and Ithaki Monday, a day after they were hit by a strong quake which caused damage and slightly injured seven people. Sunday’s quake, whose magnitude the Athens Geodynamic Institute revised to 5.9 from the preliminary 5.8, has been followed by dozens of aftershocks that continued throughout the night and through Monday. (AP Photo/Giannis Soulis) (The Associated Press)

Greek officials say a second ship is heading to earthquake-struck island of Kefalonia to provide additional emergency accommodation after thousands of residents stayed away from their homes as aftershocks continued.

Interior Minister Yiannis Michelakis said the second vessel was due on the western island later Tuesday after some 900 people spent the night on a car ferry.

Sunday's magnitude 5.9 quake damaged roads, homes and public buildings, mostly around Lixouri, the island's second largest town.

Michalakis said building repairs could not start until the aftershocks had subsided.