the essential Fifteen days after a strong earthquake in Crete, a new earthquake, of magnitude 6.3, shook this Greek island in the South-East of the Mediterranean on Tuesday.
“Part of a church in the village of Xirokambos collapsed and landslides followed this earthquake,” Spyros Georgiou, Civil Protection spokesman, told AFP, stressing that no victims were killed. ‘was first reported.
Seismologist Efthymis Lekkas told Skaï radio that “some old houses have suffered damage”.
The earthquake, which struck at sea at a depth of 8.7 km, was felt in Crete and the Dodecannese Islands in the Aegean Sea, according to local media.
It was recorded at sea at 9am 24 GMT at 405 km south-east of Athens and at 24 km off the village of Zakros in eastern Crete, according to a statement from the Athens Observatory.
“The epicenter of the earthquake is at sea, far from inhabited localities,” Greek seismologist Gerassimos Papadopoulos told Skaï radio.
He warned of “a risk of a tsunami, as is often the case after a strong earthquake”.
About ten minutes after this earthquake, another earthquake of magnitude 4.5 with a different epicenter was recorded by the Geodynamic Institute of Athens off the island of Karpathos in the Dodecannese, near Crete.
The inhabitants of many localities of Crete have taken to the streets, according to images broadcast by local televisions.
The mayor of the town of Sitia told local media that the municipality building had suffered damage. The prefecture of Crete ordered the closure of schools on Tuesday.