A 5.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Crete.
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Moments ago, the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) reported a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck 25 km southeast of Heraklion, Crete, Greece at shallow depth of 10km.
The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be changed again later on as seismologists review their data and calculations, or else as other agencies issue their own reports.
The earthquake caused moderate shaking in some areas. These include Thrapsanon (pop. 1,500) located 7 km from the epicenter, Heraklion (pop. 137,200) 25 km away, Néa Alikarnassos (pop. 12,900) 26 km away, and Gazi (pop. 12,600) 29 km away.
In Agios Nikolaos (pop. 11,400) located 42 km from the epicenter, Ierapetra (pop. 12,400) 45 km away, and Rethymnon (pop. 32,500) 76 km away.
Update: At least one man died after a church dome collapsed during the strong earthquake.