Strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Greece

Sunday, June 16, 2013
By Paul Martin
June 16, 2013

ATHENS — A moderate 6.2-magnitude earthquake rumbled off the southern coast of the Greek island of Crete Saturday, according to the US Geological Survey, but there was no immediate warning of a tsunami. The earthquake struck at 6:11 p.m. (1611 GMT) around 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the town of Pirgos at a depth of 10 kilometers, the USGS said, adding that there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. According to the Athens Observatory, it was a “very strong” quake which it put at a magnitude of 5.9 and said its epicenter was located 483 kilometers southeast of Athens in the Mediterranean. The quake was especially felt in the city of Ierapetra on Crete, it added. About 10 days ago, a quake was also registered off of Crete, which did not cause any casualties or damage. Greece is the European country that is most frequently hit by earthquakes. A 6.0 magnitude earthquake also struck south of Kermadec Islands, making this the third 6.0+ magnitude earthquake to strike the planet in 24 hours. –Inquirer

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