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6.3-magnitude earthquake hits the Greek island of Crete

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Greece is located on several fault lines, and is sporadically affected by earthquakes. (Representative)

Athens:

A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday, the Athens Observatory said, after preliminary media reports showed no one was injured.

The observatory said in a statement that the quake struck at 0924 GMT, with its epicenter 405 kilometers (250 mi) southeast of Athens and 24 kilometers at sea from the village of Zacros.

Local media said it was felt on Crete and the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea.

Greek seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos told Sky radio: “The epicenter of the quake is in the ocean, far away from habitable sites.”

It comes two weeks after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake killed one person, injured 10 and damaged buildings on Crete.

Greece is located on several fault lines, and is sporadically affected by earthquakes.

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