Greek Holiday island of Crete is hit by 5.3-magnitude earthquake


An earthquake has struck the popular tourist Island of Crete, Greek authorities have said. 

The shock was given a preliminary magnitude 5.2 and left people shaking.

No injuries or damage has been reported.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute says the tremor happened at 7.40am local time, (5.40am BST) on Wednesday in Heraklion about 14 miles west of the Island’s capital Iraklion.  

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There was a recorded depth of 50 miles. 

The fire service and officials on Crete said they received no reports of damage or injuries.

Strong quakes are common in Greece which lies in one of the most seismically active parts of the world. 

Severe damage or injuries are rare.

Stephen Davies, 66, who retired to the Island from Hampshire four years ago told the Mirror he heard a ‘loud bang’ followed by ‘the whole house shaking’. 

‘The house was shaking and the cupboards were rattling. None of the cats nor neither of the dogs paid any attention to it. [There was] no damage to our property which is an ancient part of a Turkish villa and the walls are three feet thick. 


British tourist Kate Smith, 44, said: ‘I was upstairs, sitting on the bed, and the bed shook. The wardrobe shook and I knew straightaway it was an earthquake. I shouted downstairs ‘did anyone else feel that?’ and we all did.’

Tourists who were holidaying on the Island took to Twitter to share their shock at being woken up by the shakes. 

Crete is the second most visited Greek Island, after Santorini, and sees about four million tourists a year. Many come in July and August.

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