Two strong tremors hit the Greek island of Crete

ATHENS, GREECE –
Two tremors of magnitude 5.2 and 5.4, respectively, rocked the islands of southern Greece, but no damage or casualties have been reported so far.

The first tremor, with a magnitude of 5.2, struck at 5:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. GMT) east of the island of Crete and at a depth of 9 kilometers (5.6 miles), the Institute of geodynamics of Athens.

The earthquake was felt in Crete and the islands of Karpathos, Kassos, Rhodes and Santorini, according to local media.

An even larger 5.4 magnitude quake struck at 8:59 p.m. (6:59 p.m. GMT) about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) northwest of the former, at a depth of 6.3 kilometers (3.9 miles), reported the Institute of Geodynamics.

The mayor of the small island of Kassos, closest to the epicenter, told the official ANA news agency that no buildings were damaged in the two earthquakes.

An independent quake of magnitude 4.0 also struck at 6:14 p.m. (4:14 p.m. GMT) west of Athens, the Institute of Geodynamics reported. The epicenter was at a depth of 16.7 kilometers (10.4 miles), he said.

Quakes of this magnitude are not uncommon in Greece, which lies near a meeting point between the African and Eurasian tectonic plates. A second earthquake stronger than the first is a rare event, but it has happened several times.

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