Powerful earthquake strikes Crete

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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Greek holiday island of Crete, just three weeks after another aftershock killed one person and damaged hundreds of buildings.

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The Geodynamic Institute in Athens said the quake occurred under the sea off the east coast of the island.

There were no immediate reports of any damage, but officials said police and firefighters were examining buildings in eastern Crete for damage.

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According to the Geodynamic Institute, the magnitude 4.1 and 4.5 earthquakes, believed to be after tremors, came a few minutes later.

A Brit in Crete said all was well after the earthquake, adding that it felt like a “weird shaking of the ground”. She said: “Friends who lived on Kos felt it too. It was clearly centered some distance away from Crete.”

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Writing on the website of the European Mediterranean Seismological Center, a resident of the town of Annalepsi, near Heraklion, said: “Heavy tremors. The whole house should be at least 15 cm. It lasted for about 20 seconds. “

Another resident of the same area said: “Long duration, even people driving felt it.”

Crete’s deputy regional governor Yiannis Leondarakis told Greece’s state radio that “the quake was felt across the island”. He said: “This caused concern because we are still feeling the tremors of the last earthquake.

“Luckily there was no serious damage, despite the fact that it was a strong event and took place at a shallow depth.”

Hundreds of people in villages south of the island’s largest city of Heraklion have been left homeless after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake on September 27.

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