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Crete Earthquake: Dramatic Videos of People Running for Their Lives

Dramatic videos emerged showing people running out of businesses and shops as Tuesday's 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Crete. The quake had a focal depth of 8.2 km (5.09 miles), and its epicenter was southeast of the city...

Powerful 6.3 Earthquake Hits South of Crete

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.3 struck the seabed at 12:24 PM on Tuesday local time south of Crete. The quake had a focal depth of 8.2 km (5.09 miles), and its epicenter was southeast of the city of Ierapetra. There are...

Takis Shelter: The Greek Man from Crete Who Devotes His Life to Animals

Takis Proestakis, a former Greek businessman in the town of Ierapetra, Crete, gave up his comfortable life to devote himself to caring for abandoned dogs and cats at his shelter. The former owner of a popular nightclub in the town has...

Flotilla of Fishing Boats Brings Home-Made Food to Navy Frigate Patrolling Greek Waters

A flotilla of Greek fishing boats loaded with fresh home-made food, vegetables and other supplies set sail recently from the town of Myrtos, near Ierapetra, Crete to the Hellenic Navy frigate "Limnos" as a  token gesture of gratitude to...

Dog Chained to Tree in Cretan Wilderness Gets Second Chance at Life (video)

A dog found chained to a tree in the middle of nowhere in southern Crete was rescued on Tuesday by a local animal lover who was aided by the local police. Takis Proestakis, who runs an animal shelter near the...

Giant, Highly Toxic Lagocephalus Fish Caught off Crete

A huge toxic fish, known as "Lagocephalus" or the Silver-cheeked toadfish, was caught by fishermen near Ierapetra, southern Crete on Thursday. The fishermen say that this was the largest of approximately thirty fish belonging to the same species that they...

Torrential Rains Cause Floods, Damages in Crete (video)

The torrential downpour on Saturday caused floods and damages in Crete, with the Sitia and Ierapetra areas suffering the most, as human lives were put in danger. More specifically, roads, homes and shops were flooded in the prefecture of Lassithi,...

Cretan Olive Oil Sells For €1,020 per Liter at Dutch Auction

A 500-ml (one-half a quart) bottle  of Cretan extra virgin olive oil was sold recently for the extraordinary sum of €510 ($580), a price equivalent to €1,020 ($1,160) per liter. The pricey product was made from the ancient olive trees of the...

Greek Coast Guard Snatch Boat Carrying 2 Tons of Cannabis (video)

The Hellenic Coast Guard on Saturday seized a boat carrying two tons of processed cannabis, 40 nautical miles off Ierapetra, Crete. The 20-meter tug boat started its route from Cyprus heading to Spain. Hellenic Port Authority headquarters received a tip...

Another Clay Amphora With Human Bones at Ierapetra, Crete

A clay amphora containing human bones was found in the area of Gra Lygia, Ierapetra, in Crete. This is the second clay amphora with human remains found in the region after fragments of an amphora were washed ashore by the sea...