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Magnitude 5.7 earthquake causes Crete to shake, felt in Egyptian cities

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake causes Crete to shake, felt in Egyptian cities

ATHENS 29 DEC (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.7 earthquake shook Crete, Greece on Wednesday, according to the Geodynamic Institute.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre, (EMSC), earlier recorded the tremor as 6.1. According to Egyptian authorities, the quake was felt only in a few cities.

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Akis Tselentis (director of the Geodynamic Institute), was in Crete and stated that authorities had revised the reading to 5.7 from 5.6 earlier. “I felt it,” he said to Skai TV in Greece.

“Thankfully it was in water. He stated that the area was already heavily damaged from earlier tremors.

The EMSC stated that the quake took place at a depth (80 km) of 49.7 miles. The Geodynamic Institute in Greece said that the depth was 42.7 kilometers.

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Reporting by Jubybabu in Bengaluru, George Georgiopoulos at Athens; Editing and editing by Himani Sarkar

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