An earthquake in Greece was described as a “severe” earthquake of 6.4 level magnitude that rocked the island of Crete; fortunately, however, no injuries or casualties were announced from the quake. The CS Monitor offers this Saturday, Oct. 12, that the Saturday earthquake was focused near Crete’s coastline, but very little damage came as a result of the natural disaster, despite the quake being called “severe” and more noticeable than past occurrences.
The earthquake in Greece was of a 6.4 magnitude, a decent level of potential destruction for a quake that fortunately left only minor damage on the Greek isle of Crete this weekend. According to fire brigade confirmations and local police reports, no incidents of casualties or even serious injuries came as a result of the earthquake.
Scientific reports estimate that the very center of the earthquake, occurring at 4:11 p.m. local time (1311 GMT) was focused over 22 miles below the water seabed and just under 45 miles west of Chania in Crete. The U.S. Geological Survey also noted that although tremors could be felt dozens of miles away, there was no extreme harm done or even cause for worry.
Yet many people felt the earthquake in Greece, linked along coastal and inland locations, ranging from Crete to the Peloponnese peninsula, the Cyclades island clusters, and even as far as the well-known Athens, capital of Greece.
The Athens Geological Institute only placed the quake at an even lower level than 6.4 (namely a 6.2 magnitude quake), but nonetheless called it a “severe” natural phenomenon. Greece is not unused to being rocked by the occasional earthquake, and though most pass without much threat, a 5.9 earthquake back in 1999 killed over 140 people, a testament to their danger.
Some Chania homes and local shops suffered some building damage from the earthquake in Greece, while some witnesses said the “severe” quake that rocked their home was more powerful than usual, despite the lack of injuries.
"It was big. We were rattled a lot and the lights were swaying back and forth," resident Katerina Zaharioudaki told Reuters by telephone from the island of Crete. "It was much stronger than the earthquakes we're used to and it lasted several seconds.”