A powerful earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale rocked the area between Crete and Santorini on Thursday morning, Greece’s Geodynamic Institute announced. The quake said to have occurred at 6:24 am on Thursday morning, lasted 20 seconds and its epicenter was located 48 km southwest of the island of Santorini (or 244 km south-southwest of Athens). No injuries or damages have been reported.
Earlier, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center announced that the earthquake occurred 78 km west of Heraklion and its size was estimated to be 5.2 on the Richter scale, but after calculating their data they were able to give a more reliable report.
The earthquake was particularly felt in Rethymno on the island of Crete.
Professor of Geology at the University of Athens Efthimios Lekkas told BHMAfm 99.5 later on in the morning that the earthquake was felt on several islands in the Cyclades, the Dodecanese and even some areas of the Peloponnese.
Seismologists also noted that post-earthquake activity is progressing smoothly and there is no cause for worry.