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Earthquake rocks Greek Isle of Crete

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake shook the popular holiday island of Crete this morning at around 7.40am local time, according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute. The four- to five-second quake was felt across the isle and in some other southern Aegean islands.

According to Argophilia, Governor Stavros Arnaoutakis told reporters that ‘there were no injuries or visible damage from the latest Greek quake.’

The earthquake’s epicentre was 80km below the surface and originated 23km west of Crete’s capital city, Heraklion. Another report indicated that a building had collapsed but there were no reports of injuries.

This earthquake comes 12 days after a 5.3-magnitude tremor shook Athens, sending people running into the street and a tremor that occurred in Crete in June.

According to The Mirror, tourists Martin Smith and his wife Kate from Devon in the UK were woken by the quake after their ‘bed and wardrobe shook’.

Kate, 44, told the British publication, ‘I was upstairs, sitting on the bed, and the bed shook. The wardrobe shook and I knew straightaway it was an earthquake. I shouted downstairs “Did anyone else feel that?” and we all did.’

Image: Will Langenberg

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