Crete earthquake: Popular Greek holiday hotspot hit by 6.3 magnitude tremor

A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the popular holiday destination of Crete, Greece, just weeks after another earthquake killed a man on the island

Animated video shows earthquake radius near Sitia

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday.

According to the European Seismological Center for the Mediterranean, the quake was 10 km deep when it hit around 9:30 a.m.

It comes just weeks after another earthquake killed a man on the island and damaged hundreds of buildings.

A resident of the city of Analipsi told EMSC: “Massive tremors. The whole house wobbled at least six inches. It took about 20 seconds.”

Reports of injuries or deaths are not yet available.

The earthquake occurred underwater off the east coast of the island.

The Greek island of Crete was hit by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake
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According to reports, according to the authorities, there is still no evidence of a tsunami as a result of the earthquake.

People commented on Twitter that the tremor was so severe it was felt in Kefalos, Kos.

One witness, Yorgos Saslis, wrote: “We REALLY FEELED it. All good here – just a few broken picture frames. Hopefully everyone else is fine! “

Another user who tweeted @unbotheredsetsu using the handle said, “Let’s just say I’m scared to death!

“A big one that took a while.”

The earthquake occurred underwater off the east coast of the island
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The seismologist at Imperial College London, Dr. Stephen Hicks, however, tried to reassure the public when he suggested that the epicenter’s location off the island’s southeast coast could be “good news for minimizing building damage from vibrations.”

An earthquake 23 kilometers southeast of the island’s capital, Heraklion, killed a man and caused damage to buildings at the end of September.

The man died after the dome of the Church of the Prophet Elijah in the city of Arkalochori – which appeared to have been hardest hit – collapsed and trapped three workers in it, reported it protothema.gr.

British tourists told the Mirror how people “ran and screamed” as they took to the streets and the ground “shook from side to side”.

Greece is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, which means earthquakes are common.

However, compared to other more active parts of the world, most of the Greek earthquakes are relatively mild.

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