The quake triggered a mini-tsunami on the island of Chrysi or Gaidouronisi.
It was a few minutes before 4 pm when there was a strong earthquake of 5.9 on the Richter scale south of Crete and specifically Arvi. According to the Geodynamic Institute, the focal depth was 10 kilometres.
The quake was followed by aftershocks in the sea, several of which measured 4.1 to 4.8 on the Richter scale, according to the Athens National Observatory’s Geodynamic Institute.
The quake affected Lassithi and Heraklion provinces and caused a tsunami on the island of Chrysi or Gaidouronisi.
A similar phenomenon occurred in the port of Arvi, in the south of the prefecture of Heraklion
Turkish ambassador communicates with secretary-general Foreign Minister
Turkish Ambassador to Athens Burak Özügergin contacted the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Th. Demiris, this afternoon, on the occasion of the strong earthquake that occurred south of Ierapetra, in Crete.
He expressed the readiness of the neighbour to provide assistance in dealing with any effects of the earthquake.
For his part, Mr Demiris clarified that the information so far, fortunately, does not show that there have been any damages or injuries and thanked him for the immediate response of the competent Turkish authorities and the provision of assistance.
Chouliaras: The long-distance is important for damping energy
The Director of Seismological Research of the Geodynamic Institute of Athens, Gerasimos Chouliaras, shortly after the strong earthquake of 6 Richter in the south of Crete, posted on Facebook.
“A strong earthquake of magnitude 6 Richter at 3:51 pm and with an epicentre 63 km south of Ierapetra, Crete, at a surface focal depth of 9 km.
Because it was not felt all over the island
Despite the great intensity of the seismic tremor that occurred at noon, it was not felt in the whole of Crete, due to the long distance from the island, the Geologist of the Museum of Natural History Charalambos Fasoulas told APE-MPE.
Mr Fasoulas clarified that the quake was on the African plate, in sediments that cover the Mediterranean, which is compressed as the Mediterranean closes.
“Logically, no vibration is expected to be stronger than the one recorded just before four o’clock today at noon, as these are isolated cracks.
“What is certain is that it was a large and superficial earthquake, which, however, due to the distance from Crete, was not felt in most parts of the island,” added Mr Fasoulas.