Crete earthquake: Greek holiday island hit by 5.3-magnitude tremor

31 July 2019
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The Greek holiday island of Crete has been struck by a 5.3-magnitude earthquake.

The strong tremor hit shortly before 8am local time with a number of people reporting shaking.

It is the second earthquake to strike Greece this month, after one of the same magnitude hit capital Athens.

This tremor hit near port city Heraklion, which is the capital of the island, and was recorded at a depth of 80km.

Stephen Davies, who has lives in Perivolia, told the Mirror Online he heard a loud bang outside at around 7.40am.

He said: “A fraction of a second later the whole house was shaking, everything in the cupboards rattling and the wall mirrors swinging wildly.

“None of the cats nor neither of the dogs paid any attention to it.

“[There was] no damage to our property which is an ancient part of a Turkish villa and the walls are three feet thick.”

The earthquake struck Crete at shortly before 8am local time
Samantha Parker, who is staying on the island, also said she was woken by shaking.

The latest earthquake comes 12 days after a 5.3-magnitude tremor saw people run into the streets for safety in Athens.

At least one building collapsed after it struck around 14-miles northwest of the city at 2pm local time.

The tremor was felt inside Athens International Airport and by holiday makers in the country.

Brit Tia Cotterill, who has been travelling the country this summer, was in an Athens street with her friend when the earthquake struck.

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