Strong earthquake hits Greek islands of Crete, Karpathos

10:07, April 02, 2011      

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An earthquake of nearly 6.0 magnitude struck the southern Greek islands of Crete and Karpathos on Friday, according to Greek media.

The epicenter was at the sea area between the two islands, and no injuries nor major damages have been reported.

The Geodynamic Institute of Athens has not released an exact magnitude yet, but American seismologists estimated the quake was 5.9 magnitude while the European geodynamic center put it at around 6.2 degrees.

Crete is regularly hit by moderate earthquakes. On Feb. 28 an 5.2-magnitude earthquake shook the island when thousands of foreign nationals were evacuated from Libya via the island.

Source: Xinhua
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