6.4 Earthquake Shakes Popular Tourist Destination Greece

Oct 12, 2013 by

6.4 Earthquake Shakes Popular Tourist Destination Greece

A major earthquake measuring 6.4 or a 6.2 on the richter scale shook Platanos and island off of Crete in southern Greece in the Mediterranean on Oct. 12, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and Athens News Agency, respectively.

The earthquake follows a 4.4-magnitude quake on Fri., Oct. 11, which was described by some witnesses at the observatory as “mild,” reports NDTV.

There have been initial reports of material damage from today’s quake in Hania, a city in western Crete and houses and shops have “suffered damage,” according to news reports, which struck in the sea 37 miles (60 kilometers) at 4:12 p.m. local time.

Greece is one of Europe’s most earthquake-prone countries.

“The quake took place in an area known for its seismic activity,” geology professor Efthymios Lekkas tells Skai radio. “It was strongly felt in Crete, but also in the rest of Greece.”

There have been no reports of tourist injured at this time.

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