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6.4 earthquake: Strong quake shakes Greece near Crete

6.4 earthquake: Strong quake shakes Greece near Crete
6.4 earthquake: Strong quake shakes Greece near Crete
USGS website

6.4 earthquake struck on Saturday off the coast of Crete. A 6.4 magnitude quake struck in the afternoon causing minor damage. According to ABC News on Oct. 14, the epicenter was 172 miles south of Athens and 14 miles under the sea, closest to the city of Chania, Crete.

'The earthquake was very strong and lasted long,' Chania deputy mayor Manoussos Lionakis told The Associated Press.

The 6.4 earthquake caused no serious damage other than some cracking on marble facades. A bus was caught up in the quake, but no one was reported hurt. One man in Chania jumped of his first-floor balcony and landed on a car, but was not seriously injured.

A 6.4 earthquake is a rare occurrence in Greece. In June there was a 5.6 magnitude quake, also near Crete, that was not seriously damaging. Magnitude 4 quakes are very common occurrences. In 1999 a 5.09 magnitude quake struck Athens resulting in over 100 deaths and sever damage to 5,000 buildings.

Although this quake was very strong and also lasted for what seemed like a long time, their were no reports of serious injury or major property damage. What most likely seemed like a terrifying incident luckily had minor results.

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