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5.2 Earthquake Rattles Crete

Crete earthquake
The tremor hit south-east of Crete on Saturday morning

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 rocked eastern Crete on Saturday morning according to an announcement by the Geodynamics Institute of the National Observatory of Athens.

There are no reports of injuries to people or damage to structures.

The quake, which struck at 7:13 a.m., had its epicenter in the sea thirty kilometers southeast of the town of Zakros in Lasithi prefecture.

The focal depth of the tremor was 4.7 kilometers.

Earthquake felt in many parts of Crete

The earthquake was felt in many areas of eastern Crete but also in the island’s capital of Iraklio.

An earthquake with the same magnitude hit the sea area near the island of Samos on Wednesday.

Greece lies in a highly seismically-active region. The vast majority of earthquakes cause no damage or injuries, however.

In October 2020, an earthquake that struck the eastern Greek Aegean island of Samos and the nearby Turkish coast killed two people on Samos and at least seventy-five people in Turkey.

The country is located in a complex geological boundary zone in the eastern Mediterranean between the African and Eurasian Plates.

The northern part of Greece lies on the Eurasian Plate while the southern part lies on the Aegean Sea Plate.

The Aegean Sea Plate is moving southwestward with respect to the Eurasian Plate at about thirty millimeters (one inch) per year while the African Plate is subducting northward beneath the Aegean Sea Plate at a rate of about forty millimeters (1.6 inches) per year.

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