Strong earthquake in Crete felt in Israel, Egypt

US Geological Survey registers quake of 6.4 magnitude in Mediterranean; reports of damage to buildings but no injuries

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An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude was detected near Crete, Greece in the Mediterranean Sea earlier Saturday, with tremors being felt in Israel and Egypt.

The earthquake was also felt in Athens. Local media in Crete reported some damage to buildings but firefighters in Chania say there was no serious damage and no emergency calls.

The US Geological Survey registered the quake of 6.4 magnitude in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake took place at 4:12 p.m. (1312 GMT), 68 kilometers (42 miles) west of the city of Chania, in Crete, and 279 kilometers (172 miles) south of Athens. The epicenter was 23 kilometers (14 miles) under the sea.

Greece is often struck by earthquakes. In 1999, 143 people were killed after a quake of 5.9 magnitude was felt in Athens. More than 100 buildings had collapsed as a result.

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