Sun 16-07-2017 08:38 AM

Strong earthquake shakes Greek island of Crete

ATHENS, Greece (WAM) -- Greece's Institute of Geodynamics has said that a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has rattled the island of Crete, news sites are reporting.

According to the Associated Press, AP, the earthquake occurred at 11:30 p.m. local time (20:30 GMT) off the southern coast of Crete at a depth of about 10 kilometers. The Institute reported that the epicenter is near the coastal town of Ierapetra and about 60 kilometers southeast of the island's largest city, Heraklion.

Although the quake was felt strongly in the eastern part of the island, according to local media, no casualties or damages have been reported so far.

Three aftershocks, each of a magnitude of about 3.5, occurred within half an hour of the main quake.

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