The Greek holiday island of Crete is hit by an earthquake with a force of 5.3
- The earthquake received a provisional force of 5.2 and caused people to shake
- It happened around 7.40 a.m (4.40 GMT) this morning, waking up many tourists
- Strong earthquakes are common in Greece, which is located in one of the most seismically active parts of the world – two weeks ago there was a quake in Athens
An earthquake has hit the popular tourist island of Crete, the Greek authorities have said.
The shock received a provisional force of 5.2 and caused people to shake.
No injuries or damage have been reported.
The Geodynamic Institute of Athens says the quake occurred at 7.40 a.m. local time (5.40 a.m.) on Wednesday in Heraklion, about 14 miles west of Heraklion, the island's capital.
An earthquake has hit the popular tourist island of Crete, the Greek authorities have said. The shock received a provisional force of 5.2 and caused people to shake
There was a recorded depth of 50 miles.
The fire brigade and officials on Crete said they did not receive any reports of damage or injury.
Strong earthquakes are common in Greece, which is located in one of the most seismically active parts of the world.
Serious damage or injury are rare.
Stephen Davies, 66, who retired to the island of Hampshire four years ago, told it Mirror he heard a & # 39; loud bang & # 39; followed by & # 39; whole house vibrate & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The house was shaking and the cupboards were rattling. Neither the cats nor the dogs paid attention to it. (There was) no damage to our property, which is an old part of a Turkish villa and the walls are three feet thick.
British tourists Kate Smith, 44, said: & I was sitting on the bed and the bed was shaking. The cupboard shook and I immediately knew it was an earthquake. I called down & did anyone else feel that? & # 39; and we all did that. & # 39;
Tourists on vacation on the island went to Twitter to share their shock about waking up by the shakes.
Crete is the second most visited Greek island, after Santorini, and sees around four million tourists a year. Many come in July and August.
A Bristol vacationer wrote: & # 39; Was woken up quite sharply this morning by an earthquake in Crete. Whole room shake & # 39 ;.
Another said: & # 39; Waking up due to an earthquake in Crete. Could the day start a little better than that tbh (sic) & # 39;
& # 39; Earthquake in Crete. We are 40 miles from the epicenter. Shaking villa 4-5 seconds. Hold the cock shut! & # 39; another said.
An unfortunate tourist said she had experienced her fourth earthquake of the month after feeling tremors in LA and Athens.
The island's regional governor, Stavros Arnaoutakis, said no injuries were known.
& # 39; I spoke with the mayor of Anogeia, where the epicenter of the earthquake was recorded and he told me there is no damage.
& # 39; The quake was felt here in Heraklion. It was short, 5-6 seconds & # 39; he told the local media.
Earlier this month, a strong earthquake shook the Greek capital Athens.
The earthquake struck at 2.13 p.m. local time near the city of Magoúla, 14 miles north of Athens with a force of 5.1, according to the Euro-Mediterranean institute.
2019 has been a particularly volatile year for earthquakes, and warned of a major earthquake
Those who caught up with the earthquake called it powerful and lengthy, with some running into the streets to prevent buildings from collapsing.
Telecommunication networks were turned off by the quake, while power was also interrupted to some parts of the Greek capital.
Authorities inspected areas near the epicenter by helicopter and police patrols, but no deaths or serious injuries were reported.
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