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6.2 quake strikes south of Crete—USGS

/ 05:55 AM June 16, 2013

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ATHENS—A moderate 6.2-magnitude earthquake rumbled off the southern coast of the Greek island of Crete Saturday, according to the US Geological Survey, but there was no immediate warning of a tsunami.

The earthquake struck at 6:11 p.m. (1611 GMT) around 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the town of Pirgos at a depth of 10 kilometers, the USGS said, adding that there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

According to the Athens Observatory, it was a “very strong” quake which it put at a magnitude of 5.9 and said its epicenter was located 483 kilometers southeast of Athens in the Mediterranean.

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The quake was especially felt in the city of Ierapetra on Crete, it added.

About 10 days ago, a quake was also registered off of Crete, which did not cause any casualties or damage.

Greece is the European country that is most frequently hit by earthquakes.

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