2 strong tremors strike off Greek island of Crete

ATHENS, Greece — Two tremors with a magnitude of 5.2 and 5.4, respectively, have jolted Greece’s southern islands, but no damage or casualties have been reported so far.

The first tremor, a 5.2-magnitude, struck at 5: 15 p.m. (1515 GMT) east of the island of Crete and at a depth of 9 kilometers (5.6 miles), the Institute of Geodynamics reported in Athens. According to local media, the earthquake felt on Crete as well as islands like Karpathos Kassos (Rhodes), Rhodes, and Santorini.

An even larger tremor of 5.4 magnitude struck at 8: 59 p.m. (1859 GMT) about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) northwest of the first, at a depth of 6.3 kilometers (3.9 miles), the Institute of Geodynamics reported.

The mayor of the small island of Kassos, closest to the epicenter, told state news agency ANA that no buildings were damaged in either earthquake.

An unrelated 4.0-magnitude tremor also hit at 6: 14 p.m. (1614 GMT) west of Athens, the Institute of Geodynamics reported. The epicenter was at a depth of 16.7 kilometers (10.4 miles), it said.

Tremors of that magnitude are not uncommon in Greece, which lies close to a meeting point between the African and Eurasian tectonic plates. Although it is rare to experience a second earthquake that is stronger than the one before, this has occurred on numerous occasions.

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