Earthquake in Greece: The 6.4 earthquake in Greece was strongly felt in Crete, as far as the Greek capital Athens, which is about 180 miles away, and in Israel. “The earthquake struck at 4:11pm (1311 GMT) and its epicentre was in the sea, 275 kilometres south of Athens,” said the Athens Observatory which gave the earthquake in Greece a magnitude of 6.2 and described it as “strong,” according to an Oct. 12, 2013, The Telegraph report.
“An earthquake with a magnitude of more than six degrees struck near the island of Crete, sending items flying off supermarket shelves.”
The 6.4 earthquake was detected in the Mediterranean Sea west of the island of Crete about 22.5 miles (40 km) below the seabed 43 miles (70 km), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Besides items falling off the shelves and shaking the nerves of residents, Saturday’s 6.4 earthquake in Greece resulted in no major damages, and there were no reports of casualties or injuries.
However, according to a Haaretz report, the 6.4 earthquake caused damages to homes and shops in Crete, said the Greek police and fire brigade. Thousands of residents on the island of Crete rushed from their homes in panic as the 6.4 earthquake shook the buildings.
"We are afraid to go back to our homes. Suddenly we could hear huge rocks coming down from the mountains and then the ground began to shake."
Besides Greece, the tremors of the 6.4 earthquake were felt on the top floors of structures in several central locations in Israel.
Greece is often rocked by earthquakes but serious damages or casualties are very rare. Unlike Saturday's 6.4 earthquake, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Greece in 1999 killed 143 people.