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Greek island Crete struck by 5.8 earthquake

ATHENS, Greece — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck the southern Greek island of Crete Monday, sending residents into the streets. There was no rapid info on accidents, however native media reported some harm to buildings in villages close to the epicenter.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute stated the quake struck at 9:17 a.m. native time (0617 GMT), with an epicenter 246 kilometers (153 miles) south southeast of the Greek capital, Athens.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center and the US Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 6.0, with an epicenter seven kilometers (4 miles) north of the village of Thrapsano. It is frequent for various seismological institutes to provide various magnitudes for an earthquake within the preliminary hours and days after an occasion.

Several aftershocks additionally struck the world, with the EMSC giving a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 for the strongest one.

Residents of town of Heraklion rushed out into the streets. Local media in Crete reported some harm, primarily with collapsing partitions of outdated stone buildings in villages close to the epicenter of the temblor on the jap a part of the island. Children had been evacuated from colleges.

Heraklion mayor Vassilis Lambrinos instructed Greek Skai tv that there have been no rapid stories from emergency providers of any accidents or extreme harm. He stated colleges had been all evacuated and had been to be checked for structural harm.

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