A new earthquake occurred recently in Crete with a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter scale.
The tremors continue in the sea area between Crete and Karpathos from midnight, as another strong tremor occurred at 07:11 in the morning.
This time, the quake measured 5.3 on the Richter scale, according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute.
The epicenter was reported at 43 km north, northeast of Sitia, with a focal depth of 10 km.
Earlier, at 03:30 in the morning there was a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in the same area, followed by several aftershocks from 3.1 to 4.4 Richter.
The tremors were felt in much of the island and worried the inhabitants. According to ekriti.gr, the earthquakes were felt in Ierapetra, Sitia, Makry Gialos, Mochlos, Kritsa, Hersonissos and other places. There are currently no reports of damage or other problems.
The area has high seismicity
“It is still early, we are watching the phenomenon” commented seismologist Gerasimos Chouliaras on Open TV about the successive earthquakes that occurred this morning focusing on the sea area of Crete. He said that these are preliminary sizes and appeared reassuring, noting that scientifically from 5 Richter to go to something bigger the chances are minimal.
He added that the earthquakes are submarine and the epicenter is at a distance from Crete, and recommended “to be cool for a while to see how the phenomenon develops”. He clarified, however, that “what is happening is completely normal and that earthquakes of similar or equal magnitude are possible, it is a phenomenon that we are watching – the area has high seismicity”