Moderate Quake Strikes Greek Island

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 has struck the southern Greek island of Crete, but no injuries or damage have been reported.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute says quake struck at 3:20 a.m. Thursday. It was centered in the Zakrou area of eastern Crete about 240 miles southeast of Athens.

Seismologists say the quake was not related to the strong 6.5 earthquake that hit western Greece on Sunday. That quake, near the western port city of Patras, killed two people, injured more than 200 and flattened or severely damaged more than 200 houses.

Greece is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. In 1999, a magnitude 5.9 quake near Athens killed 143 people.

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