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Quake Shakes Area Between Greece’s Crete and Santorini Islands

A relatively minor earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale hit southern Greece at 10:57 local time (08:57 GMT 1) on Monday.

According to the Geodynamics Institute of Athens National Observatory, the quake’s epicenter was located 296 km (184 miles) southeast of Athens in the region of the sea between Crete and Santorini.

This is also 68 km (42 miles) north of the city of Agios Nikolaos, Crete.

Speaking with state-run AMNA news agency, Prof. Efthymios Lekkas, the president of Greece’s Organization for Antiseismic Planning and Protection, said that there is no reason for concern over the quake that shook the Aegean Sea.

”The main characteristic of the quake was the major depth. It has nothing in common with the other tremors recorded in Greece in the last period, and appears to be the main earthquake,” Lekkas noted.

He also clarified that the specific earthquake “has no relation with the volcanic activity of Santorini. They are totally independent geodynamic phenomena, and we believe there is no reason for concern,” he explained.

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