Sunday, October 13, 2013

Crete Shaken by a Major Earthquake of 6.4 Richter on Saturday 12 October

Seismic Activity Map of Crete and Greece
The red and green dots
indicate where today's earthquakes occurred.

A major earthquake struck Crete yesterday afternoon at 4.11 pm, 64 kilometres West of Chania, and about 30 kilometres West of Platanos, near Gramvousa, one of the most beautiful areas of western Crete.  In the sea, between Crete and Antikythera, its effects could be felt all over Crete. The earthquake was also felt in many parts of the country, including Athens.

Thankfully no casualties have been reported so far, although some structural damage, especially to older properties, has been sighted and reported.

Building checks are underway and all schools will be inspected prior to children being allowed to enter.  

The Samaria Gorge National Park has also been closed for 24 hours as a precautionary measure. 

See what one closed circuit television camera in a supermarket captured during the earthquake in the video below.

 You can follow what's happening in Greece earthquake-wise, on a real time basis at EarthquakeNet  and  Seismos.

You can also keep up with what's happening in Chania, with the Chaniotika Nea.

There have been many aftershocks... let's hope this was the big one!

Our thoughts are with all our friends in Crete.  

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