Greece: strong earthquake in Crete

An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 on the Richter scale shook Crete just over an hour ago.

The epicenter of the earthquake is located 11 km southeast of Ano Acharnes and 21 km southeast of Heraklion.

The earthquake data was obtained by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Institute using an automated computer system, without the participation of a seismologist, and is constantly updated.

Residents are worried about the daily tremors in the areas of Heraklion prefecture, recorded since the beginning of June. Gerasimos Papadopoulos, research president of the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens, expressed his point of view yesterday on Radio Crete.

The expert noted that scientists monitoring the phenomenon cannot say for sure about the emergence of a new fault. According to Papadopoulos, this is probably a small and unmapped rift that moves from south to north. Scientists agree that there will be no earthquakes exceeding 4.5 on the Richter scale. But again, said Mr Papadopoulos, we cannot answer yes or no to that. And this statement was confirmed by today’s magnitude 4.9 earthquake.

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