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Crete 5.7R: What scientists say about the intense seismic activity

Seismologists in Greece appear reassuring about the intense seismic activity south of the island of Crete. The magnitude of earthquake that stroke at 2:22 a.m. on Tuesday was corrected from initial 5.2 R to 5.7R. Note, that earthquake magnitudes vary due to different seismological stations and institutes.

Speaking to state broadcaster ERT TV, Research Director of the National Observatory og Athens, Gerasimos Papadopoulos, said that the intense seismic activity are just aftershocks of the 6.6 R earthquake on May 2.

All the earthquakes have their epicenter in the sea area, some 60-70km south of Ierapetra in Lasithi Prefecture in eastern Crete.

“The earthquakes cannot harm the island,” Papadopoulos said adding that the aftershocks can last around a month after the main earthquake on May 2.

Head of Greek Earthquake Protection and Planning Organization, Efthymios Lekkas, told cnngreece that the seismic activity was “especially positive” as the phenomenon of the earthquake beginning of May is being diffused.

“There is nothing worrying,” Lekkas said noting that the tremors occurring in the last hours do not affect the coast of the island.

The 5.2R/5.7R earthquake occurred at 2:22 a.m. Tuesday, May 19. Its epicenter was 77km south of Arvi in a focal depth of 7 km. Nobody was harmed, no material damage was recorded.

According to Geo-dynamic Institute in Athens, by 8:00 a.m. more than ten earthquakes with magnitude between 3R and 3.9R.

Short before 12 o’ clock Tuesday noon, an earthquake stroke with 4R between the islands of KArpathos and Rhodes. ITs epicenter was 47km east of Karpathos.

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