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Greek Island of Crete hit by 6.5 magnitude earthquake

The Greek island of Crete has been rocked an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the quake in the holiday destination had a depth of just 1.24 miles, and was one of a series felt by residents on Monday morning.

It is not yet clear how many people have been hurt in the incident, with details still scarce.

The EMSC had reported a 5.6 magnitude quake striking the island minutes before the larger incident – with tremors also being felt afterwards.

It said four earthquakes were recorded on Crete in about 45 minutes.

The epicentre of the largest quake was around 10km from the capital Heraklion.

Twitter user Pete Goodwin said: ‘Just packing to fly home.

Just experienced a very strong earth tremor/earthquake in Crete!!

‘S*** me right up!! Other half in tears.

‘The swimming pool’s not happy’.

Referencing the earlier of the two quakes, which was both weaker and further from the earth’s surface, Yorgos Saslis posted a picture of the dust which was brought up by the incident.

He said: ‘At only 10km depth, we REALLY FELT this one’, adding that a few picture frames had been shattered by the earlier quake.

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