01/10/2012 05:53 EST | Updated 03/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Eurozone Debt Crisis: Overnight Deposits Hit Record €481.93 Billion In Sign Of Unease

FRANKFURT - Banks in the countries that use the euro held a record amount overnight at the European Central Bank in a sign of unease over the eurozone debt crisis.

The region's central bank said Tuesday that overnight deposits from Monday hit €481.93 billion.

That exceeded the old record of €463.56 billion from the day before.

The high deposits mean banks are keeping spare cash in a safe place at a low interest rate rather than lending it one another on a short-term basis. This move has sparked fears of a further credit crunch as banks become wary about lending funds.

The deposits also reflect large amounts of cash put into the banking system from ECB emergency loans of €489 billion taken up by more than 500 banks in late December.