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Four earthquakes 4.1-5.2R rattle the island of Crete

Not one, not two, but four earthquakes measuring from 4.1 to 5.2 on the Richter scale rattled the island of Crete on Monday morning. The first three tremors occurred within 40 minutes.

The seismic activity started at 3:30 a.m.with 5.1R. Epicenter was 49 km north of Sitia in eastern Crete. It was followed by a 4.4R tremor at 3:44 am and a 4.1R one at 4:11 am with epicenter 47 km and 50 km north of Sitia

After a break of several hours, earthquake struck again at 7:11 am with 5.2 R again with epicenter 47 km off Sitia.

All earthquakes had a focal depth of 15-21 km.

No injuries or material damages have been reported.

Greek seismologists appear reassuring saying that the area is known to produce earthquakes.

Speaking to state broadcaster ERT, head of the Greek Earthquake Planning and Protection Agency Efthimios Lekkas said “there is no reason of concern as the area produces earthquakes.

Director of Geodynamics Institute of the National Observatory of Athens, seismologist Gerasimos Houliaras said about the latest tremor that it is located in the sea area, and has not caused any problems.

The area is of high seismic activity and we are monitoring the phenomenon, he said. He described as positive that several aftershocks have followed.

According to ANT1 TV, the tremor with magnitude 5.2R was the main earthquake.

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  1. Sorry but Sitia is in EASTERN Crete. West is opposite! Please pay a little more attention to these “small” but important information you give to your readers! Thanx