6.0 earthquake shakes the Mediterranean Sea south of Crete


(AP) — A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck on the Mediterranean Sea south of the Greek island of Crete.

No damage or injuries have been reported. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake occurred Saturday at 3:51 p.m. local time (1251 GMT) and was centered 63 kilometers (39 miles) away from the coastal town of Ierapetra at a depth of 15 kilometers (9 miles.)

The institute says an aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 4.4 occurred 10 minutes later.

Greece is located in a highly seismically active area and experiences hundreds of quakes each year. Saturday’s quake was stronger than most but took place relatively far from populated areas.

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