Crete Earthquake

April 4, 2011 by staff 

Crete Earthquake, (AP) – A powerful earthquake shook the southern Greek island of Crete Friday rattling buildings as far away as Egypt and Turkey. Local police said they had no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and struck the southern coast of Crete at: 29 p.m. (1329 GMT, 8:29 ET), the Geological Institute of Athens and the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, in Germany, said. The U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude slightly less than .9. Magnitudes recorded by geological institutes often differ.

Police in Ierapetra, a town on the southern coast of Crete closest to the epicenter, said it was strongly felt, but they had no initial reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake was felt as far away as Cairo, across the Mediterranean, and the Anatolia news agency said it also caused panic in the Turkish resorts of Bodrum, Fethiye and Marmaris.

“It was a strong earthquake in a region that is located in the eastern part of the area known as Aegean Arc,” said Manolis Skordilis, associate professor of seismology at the University of Thessaloniki in northern Greece.

“This is a very seismically active area that has seen the most powerful earthquakes in the past. We monitor the activity post-earthquake, which so far is not intense, “he said.

Greece is one of the most earthquake-prone in the world, but thousands of earthquakes recorded each year rarely cause serious injury or death.

In June 2008, an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 has struck near the western port city of Patras, about 120 miles west of Athens, killing two people, injuring more than and damaging hundreds buildings. In 1999, an earthquake measuring 5.9 near Athens killed 143 people.

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