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6.3-magnitude quake strikes off Greek island of Crete

Illustrative. The bay of Vai in Crete, Greece. (CC BY, Wikimedia)
Illustrative. The bay of Vai in Crete, Greece. (CC BY, Wikimedia)

A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off the Greek island of Crete, the Athens Observatory says, with initial media reports suggesting no one was hurt.

The quake struck at 0924 GMT with an epicenter in the sea 405 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Athens and 24 kilometers from the village of Zakros, the Observatory says in a statement.

Local media says it was felt on Crete and on the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea.

“The epicenter is in the sea, far from inhabited places,” Greek seismologist Gerassimos Papadopoulos tells Skai radio.

It comes two weeks after a strong 5.8-magnitude quake killed one person, injured 10 and damaged buildings on Crete.

Greece is located on a number of fault lines, and is sporadically hit by earthquakes.

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