Moderate earthquake hits Crete, Greece

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Location map generated by the United States Geological Survey.
Image: USGS.

An earthquake hit the island of Crete in Greece on Sunday morning. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre measured it as magnitude 5.4, and reported the earthquake occurred at a depth of 60 kilometers, 132 kilometers southeast of Iraklion. The earthquake took place at 18:21:01 local time (15:21:01 UTC).

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.0, and that it occurred at a depth of 28.8 kilometers.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was centered 125 kilometers east-southeast of Iraklion, Crete; 220 kilometers southwest of Rodos, Dodecanese Islands; 230 kilometers east-southeast of Chania, Crete; and 405 kilometers southeast of Athens.

USGS noted that an aftershock occurred at 15:35:36, with a magnitude of 4.4, at a depth of 35 kilometers.