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Earthquake strikes off coast of Crete

A resident passes next to a damaged Greek Orthodox chapel after a strong earthquake in Arcalochori village on the southern island of Crete, Greece, on September 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Harry Nikos)
A resident passes next to a damaged Greek Orthodox chapel after a strong earthquake in Arcalochori village on the southern island of Crete, Greece, on September 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Harry Nikos)

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off the Greek island of Crete, the Athens Observatory says, with no damage reported.

The quake struck at 0508 GMT with an epicenter in the sea 48 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Arvi, on the south coast of the island, the Observatory says.

No damage was reported but Greek firefighters were dispatched to the scene as a precautionary measure.

Greece is located on a number of fault lines, and is sporadically hit by earthquakes. In October 2020, a magnitude 7.0 quake hit in the Aegean Sea between the Greek island of Samos and the western Turkish city of Izmir.

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