A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Crete, Greece, this Monday morning at 9:17 am local time (8:17 am in Paris), according to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (CSEM). The epicenter is 23 km from the island’s largest town and capital, Heraklion. The Athenian Geodynamic Observatory for its part evokes a magnitude of 5.8.
No injuries or damage were reported immediately after the strong shock, said emergency services quoted by Reuters.
However, photos posted on Twitter show some damage to old buildings and partially collapsed homes.
Greece is crossed by important geological faults and earthquakes are frequent. On October 30, 2020, a magnitude 7 earthquake shook the Aegean Sea between the Greek island of Samos and the Turkish city of Izmir, killing two in Samos and 114 in Turkey