Quake shakes southern Greek island

AP News
Posted: Nov 23, 2011 7:53 AM
Quake shakes southern Greek island

Seismologists say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 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 2:17 p.m. (1217 GMT) on Wednesday, 111 kilometers (69 miles) south of the island's city of Iraklion and 423 kilometers (262 miles) southeast of the Greek capital, Athens.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center gave the preliminary magnitude as 5.5. Magnitudes given by different seismological centers often vary.

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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.