Where did the Crete earthquake strike, what was its magnitude and is it safe to travel?

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AN earthquake hit Crete this morning, leaving tourists and locals shaken up.

But where on the Greek island did it hit, what was its magnitude and is it safe to travel there? Here’s what we know.

The terrifying quake struck at 8am local time in Crete

Where was the Crete earthquake?

The epicentre of the quake was 14 miles northwest of the city near the port city of Heraklion and had a focal depth of 12 kilometres.

Brit holidaymakers reported feeling buildings shaking at 7.40am

Local site Nea Kriti reported that the tremor was felt throughout the island and as far north as Santorini.

It’s the second quake to strike Greece this month, with crowds running into the street after the powerful tremor hit Athens.

What was its magnitude?

The magnitude of this morning’s earthquake was 5.3.

This is relatively low and earthquakes of this magnitude will normally only cause minor damage.

Around 30,000 earthquakes with a magnitude between 2.5-5.4 occur across the world each year.

The island’s regional governor Stavros Arnaoutakis said there were no known injuries or damage to buildings.

He told Proto Thema radio station: “I have spoken with the mayor of Anogeia, where the epicentre of the earthquake was recorded and he told me there is no damage.

“The tremor was was felt here in Heraklion. It was short, 5-6 seconds.”


It is safe to travel to Crete?

There is currently no advice against travelling to Crete from the government.

After the last earthquake – which occurred in Magoula, Attica, and had a magnitude of 5.1 – the advice was to follow the advice of local authorities.

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