Crete: a double earthquake shakes the Greek island this Sunday


A magnitude 5.4 earthquake rocked the Greek island of Crete early this Sunday evening. Another earthquake, of magnitude 5.2 this time, had already occurred in the afternoon.

Off Greece, on the island of Crete, a double earthquake was felt this Sunday. The most powerful was a magnitude of 5.4, the Athens Observatory announced.

The epicenter of the most powerful earthquake was located at a depth of 10 km, at sea, 45 km south of the island of Kasos, and occurred at 18:59 GMT, according to a statement. In the same area, another magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck at 3:15 p.m. GMT at a depth of 9 km.

No damage was reported.

Of magnitude 7.0 in October

On September 27, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake had already shaken Crete, killing one person and injuring a dozen others. Hundreds of buildings had been damaged.

Greece is located on several earthquake faults and regularly experiences earthquakes.

In October, a 7.0 earthquake hit the Aegean Sea between the Greek island of Samos and the city of Izmir in western Turkey. Most of the damage occurred in Turkey, where 114 people were killed and more than a thousand were injured. In Greece, two teenagers had lost their lives in Samos.

On Sunday, a third, slight, magnitude 4 tremor occurred at 4:14 p.m. GMT, 53 km northwest of Athens, at a depth of 16.7 km.

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