Panic among residents – magnitude 5.1: Earthquake shook the island of Crete

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An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale struck the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday evening. According to the Athens Geodynamic Institute, the earthquake occurred shortly before 10 p.m. local time (9 p.m. CEST) near the village of Tymbaki. The center of the earthquake was about nine kilometers below the surface. This caused the earthquake to be strongly felt.

Local media also reported that numerous residents ran into the streets. According to the first information from the state broadcaster (ERT), there were no injuries. The earthquake was also reportedly felt in the tourist regions in the north of the island.

Crete is located north of a deep tectonic rift where the African and Eurasian plates meet. Earthquakes happen again and again.

Source: Krone

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