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Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits Greek island of Crete

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Magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocked islands in southern Greece, but no damage or casualties have been reported so far

The quake struck at 5:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. GMT) east of the island of Crete and at a depth of 9 kilometers (5.6 miles), the Athens Institute of Geodynamics reported.

The earthquake was felt in Crete and the islands of Karpathos, Kassos, Rhodes and Santorini, according to local media.

An independent quake of magnitude 4.0 also struck at 6:14 p.m. (4:14 p.m. GMT) west of Athens, the Institute of Geodynamics reported. The epicenter was at a depth of 16.7 kilometers (10.4 miles), he said.

Quakes of this magnitude are not uncommon in Greece, which lies near a meeting point between the African and Eurasian tectonic plates.

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