Strong earthquake hits island of Crete, Greece today with 6.4 Magnitude. The earthquake struck at 4:12 pm in the sea some 60 kilometres off the city of Hania in western Crete, report said.
However, local officials in Chania said there was no serious damage and no emergency calls.
“The earthquake was very strong and lasted long… Fortunately, there was no serious damage. The worst I’ve heard was some rock falls in a ravine west of the city. A bus was trapped, but no one was hurt. We have removed the debris.”
Chania deputy mayor Manoussos Lionakis told AP.
According to Sfakia Crete, in the past decades there have been NO earthquakes on Crete that have caused serious damage. The last big earthquake in 1953 nevertheless caused major damage across Greece, and triggered big social changes due to emigration following loss of life and property etc. It is one reason why, in some areas, there are no old houses left.
In the U.S, a mild earthquake shakes offshore from Northern California, U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.9 quake struck shortly after 4 p.m. about 33 miles northwest of the coastal city of Eureka at a depth of about 6 miles.
There are no tsunami warning issued and no reports of damages or injuries.