Earthquake Shakes Crete, Two in two days
Only a day after an earthquake in Italy, the Greek Islands were hit by a magnitude 5.3 quake on Thursday. Now another earthquake has struck today (Friday) in the southern Aegean Sea islands, this time with a magnitude of 5.2 in Crete. There are no reports of damage yet following this latest earthquake although two people have received minor injuries.
The U.S Geological Survey reports that the epicenter of today’s earthquake was 43 miles (70 km) north of Iraklion, Crete, 62 miles (101 km) east-northeast of Chania, Crete, 82 miles (132 km) south-southwest of Naxos, Cyclades Islands or 156 miles (252 km) south-southeast of Athens. The magnitude 5.2 quake struck at 3:33 am local time, that’s 1:33 am UTC, at a depth of 5.5 miles (8.9 km).
The Athens Geodynamic Institute reported the same magnitude for today’s earthquake, describing the location as approximately 46 km southwest of Santorini, a volcanic island known for tourism. Two people were reported to have been slightly hurt as they fled their homes but there was no damage to buildings according to civil protection officials. USA Today reports that although Greek is a very seismically active area, quakes in the region rarely cause injury or damage. In 1999 though a quake near to Athens killed 143 people.
On the island of Santorini an earthquake in 1956 caused the deaths of over 50 people and widespread damage. If you felt today’s earthquake let us know your experience by sending us your comments.
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