5.1 Quake Hits Greece, No Tsunami

ATHENS—Seismologists say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 has struck the southern Greek island of Crete. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at Tuesday afternoon 125 kilometres south-southwest of western Crete’s city of Chania and 395 kilometres south of the Greek capital, Athens.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre gave the preliminary magnitude as 5.2. Magnitudes given by different seismological centres often vary.

Greece is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries, but most quakes are of small magnitude and rarely cause severe damage or injuries.

In 2008, a 6.5-magnitude quake near western city of Patras killed two people and injured more than 200.

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