A 6.4 earthquake in Greece rattled many areas of the country on Oct. 12. According to The Christian Science Monitor, the center of the earthquake was south west of Chania on Crete. There were not any reports of major damage or injury following the earthquake despite the severity. A couple of shops and houses on Crete reported minor damage.
Locals say that they felt the shakes of this earthquake for "several seconds." "It was big. We were rattled a lot and the lights were swaying back and forth," resident Katerina Zaharioudaki told Reuters by telephone from Crete's capital Heraklion (via The Christian Science Monitor).
The 6.4 earthquake in Greece wasn't a shock or a surprise. While no one can really know when an earthquake is going to hit, Greece is prone to earthquakes. In 1999, 143 people died in a 5.9 magnitude quake in Greece. The country has not seen a lot by way of devastation in these earthquakes but feeling tremors and rumbles isn't something new or unusual.
"Tremors were felt as far as the Greek capital Athens, some 180 miles (275 km) away, and across southern Greece, including the Peloponnese peninsula and the Cyclades cluster of islands, the Athens Geological Institute said (via The Christian Science Monitor).
A 6.4 earthquake in Greece or in any other area is significant but the fact that there wasn't a lot of damage suggests that the shift was very deep, this according to Efthimios Lekkas, a geology professor in Crete.
© Effie Orfanides 2013