Greece, earthquake in the Mediterranean island of Crete

Several earthquakes shake the Mediterranean Sea

At least a dozen earthquakes between 4.2 and 5.8 degrees have shaken the Mediterranean Sea in recent hours, and have been felt in Greece and in several provinces of Turkey.

Several earthquakes with epicentre in the Mediterranean Sea, including one that reached a magnitude of 5.8 degrees on the Richter scale , shook the coasts of Greece and Turkey in recent hours, according to several media reports.

The main earthquake that reached 5.8 degrees occurred at 2:22 in the morning in Greece and Turkey (1:22 CET) with epicentre south of the Greek island of Crete. The quake erupted about 5.1 kilometres below the sea bed, according to data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Although the epicentre of the tremor was unleashed some 270 kilometres away, it could be clearly felt in the coastal district of Datça, in the Turkish province of Muğla, as well as in other cities in the area such as Marmaris or Bodrum, temporarily unleashing panic among the inhabitants of the region.

Another 4.2-degree earthquake struck at 6:22 a.m. (5:22 CET) much closer to the shores of Turkey, just about 45 kilometres from the Greek island of Rhodes, along the same fault line.

Greece and Turkey do not report injuries or damages

However, no serious injuries or damage were reported in any of the affected towns in Turkey, nor in Greece. The Institute of Geodynamics at the University of Athens located the epicentre about 50 kilometres south of Arvi, a port city on the island of Crete.

Later, several more earthquakes followed one another in the same region of the Mediterranean Sea throughout Tuesday. At 3:02 (2:02 CET) another 4.4-magnitude earthquake occurred on the same fault line; later, between 5:44 and 7:23 in the morning on Tuesday, around a dozen aftershocks were registered, reaching between 4.2 and 4.9 degrees of intensity.