6.45 magnitude earthquake occurred near Eastern Mediterranean Sea

US, NEW YORK (ORDO NEWS) — 6.45 magnitude earthquake has occurred near Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

A powerful earthquake occurred near Crete and less than 500 km from Athens, announced the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center. According to the Potsdam Center for Geoscience, its magnitude was 6.6.

An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 occurred Saturday, May 2, at 12.51 UTC, in the Mediterranean Sea, less than 100 km from Crete , said the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (CSEM).

According CSEM , the focus of the earthquake was 40 km deep. Its epicenter was located 104 km south of Ierapetra (Crete) and 470 km southeast of Athens . The CSEM, which had initially spoken of an earthquake of magnitude 6.0, revised this figure upwards.

The German research center for geosciences (GeoForschungsZentrum, GFZ) in Potsdam (Brandenburg) also claims that the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.5, but that the hypocenter of the earthquake was at a depth of 10 km.

The American Geological Watch Institute (USGS) confirms this information , while noting that the magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred 17 km deep.

According to several witnesses in Greece cited by the CSEM, the tremors lasted long enough, but were not too strong. The earthquake was also felt on the east coast of Rhodes and in Cairo, witnesses said.

For the moment, no information as to damage or possible victims is available.

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