An earthquake with magnitude 4.7 occurred near Iraklion, Crete, Greece at 11.20 am on Aug 8, 2014 the U.S. Geological Survey said.
There have been no reports of injuries, or, property damages.
The Mediterranean region is seismically active due to the northward convergence (4-10 mm/yr) of the African plate with respect to the Eurasian plate along a complex plate boundary. Greece lies within this seismically active area.
Earthquakes have historically caused widespread damage not only in Crete, but also across central and southern Greece, Cyprus, Sicily and other neighboring regions.
In January, a series of strong earthquakes on the western island of Kefalonia damaged hundreds of homes and injured more than a dozen people.