Strong earthquake 6.1 on the Richter scale shakes Crete

Strong earthquake 6.1 on the Richter scale shakes Crete

Athens, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Aftershocks from 3.4 to 4.9 following the powerful earthquake of 6.1 on the Richter scale occurred at 21:08 East of Crete.

The vibration was described as fierce by Institute of Geodynamics, National Observatory of Athens indicating that the earthquake originated from a distance 412 km Southeast of Athens and its epicenter is at the marine area located 14 km southwest of Kasos and 165 km east of Heraklion.

The vibrations that followed occurred at 21:14 – 3.9 Richter, at 21:21 – 3.7 Richter at 21:23 and 21:30 – 3.4 Richter, while there were two other vibration with a magnitude of 4.2 Richter each in 21:50 and 21:52, respectively, and another at 22:02 with a magnitude 4.9 on the Richter scale.

The vibration of 6.1 on the Richter scale was felt in the entire eastern Crete – in Sitia, Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra and Heraklion and the focal depth of the vibration is at 10 km.

The earthquake has caused serious concern among the residents, mainly due to its size, but also its duration, without however having reported any damages of the problems.

At the same time seismologists appear reassuring saying that this was the main earthquake.