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The 6.0 magnitude earthquake that jolted the Greek island of Crete on Saturday afternoon, triggered a small tsunami on the southern coast of Crete and on the island of Chrysi.

Chrysi is an uninhabited Greek island approximately 15 kilometres south of Crete close to Ierapetra in the South Cretan Sea.

President of the Organization for Earthquake Planning & Protection (OASP) Efthymios Lekkas told AMNA that the tsunami was initially triggered by the withdrawal of seawater about 20 minutes after the earthquake and that the phenomenon was been repeated 3-4 times. The change in the sea level was about half a meter.

The quake’s epicentre was 118 kilometres south of Ierapetra at the depth of 10 km. Ierapetra is a town on the south coast of Crete.

According to reports, the quake was felt in Heraklion and Lassithi.

No damage or injuries have been reported. The quake struck an unpopulated area.

*Source: Creta Post

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