The authorities have warned against a tidal wave as a precaution. No casualties have been reported on Crete. According to the first reports, a church has collapsed in the east of the island.
Almost simultaneously an earthquake was reported near the island of Karpathos. That is more than 80 kilometers east of Crete. According to the first reports, the quake had a magnitude of 4.5.
Just over two weeks ago, the island of Crete itself was hit by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake. Then one person was killed and a dozen injured.
The earthquake could be felt in the city of Sitia, among others: