Magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolts Greek island of Crete

ATHENS, GREECE (AP) – A strong earthquake has jolted the Greek island of Crete, three weeks after another temblor killed a man on the island and damaged hundreds of buildings.

The Geodynamic Institute in Athens said the earthquake that struck yesterday morning had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 and occurred at 12.24pm local time undersea off the eastern coast of the island. Magnitude 4.1 and 4.5 quakes that are believed to be aftershocks took place minutes later, the institute said.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injury. Authorities said police and fire crews were checking buildings in eastern Crete for damage.

The quake was felt on Greek islands to the east of Crete, including Karpathos, Kassos and Rhodes.

“The quake was felt all over the island, and it did cause concern because we are still feeling the aftershocks from the previous quake,” Crete’s Deputy Regional Governor Yiannis Leondarakis told Greece’s state-run radio.

The quake damaged buildings and sent panicked residents rushing into the streets. PHOTO: AFP