Crete hit by earthquake as 5.3-magnitude tremor strikes holiday island

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 has hit the holiday island of Crete The tremor was felt shortly before 8am local time (6am BST) with several people reportedly feeling ‘shaking.’ It is the second quake to strike in Greece this month following a similar incident in capital Athens.

This tremor hit near port city Heraklion, which is the capital of the island, and was recorded at a depth of 80km. Stephen Davies, who moved from Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire, to live in Perivolia in 2015, told the Mirror Online he heard a loud bang outside at around 7.40am. The 66-year-old man, who is a retired international truck driver, told Mirror Online: “A fraction of a second later the whole house was shaking, everything in the cupboards rattling and the wall mirrors swinging wildly.

“The house was shaking and the cupboards were rattling. None of the cats nor neither of the dogs paid any attention to it. “[There was] no damage to our property which is an ancient part of a Turkish villa and the walls are three feet thick.

We are on sandy red volcanic soil here which absorbs a lot of the shock from the quakes we get. Samantha Parker, who is staying on the island, also said she was woken by shaking. The quake woke tourists Martin Smith and his wife Kate, from Brixham, Devon, after their “bed and wardrobe shook”.

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“It lasted a few seconds and was clearly a tremor and the furniture was wobbling,” dad-of-one Mr Smith, 53, told Mirror Online.

“It was pretty noticeable and alarming.” Kate, 44, said: “I was upstairs, sitting on the bed, and the bed shook. The wardrobe shook and I knew straightaway it was an earthquake.

I shouted downstairs ‘did anyone else feel that?’ and we all did.”

Crete hit by earthquake as 5.3-magnitude tremor strikes holiday islandThe earthquake struck Crete at shortly before 8am local time

The latest earthquake comes 12 days after a 5.3-magnitude tremor saw people run into the streets for safety in Athens. At least one building collapsed after it struck around 14-miles northwest of the city at 2pm local time. The tremor was felt inside Athens International Airport and by holiday makers in the country.

Brit Tia Cotterill, who has been travelling the country this summer, was in an Athens street with her friend when the earthquake struck. “We were about to order food when we felt it and a metal light fell off of the side of the building and smashed next to me,” she told Mirror Online. “It was really scary there was dust off of the buildings flying everywhere.

We also felt a small aftershock not long ago but it was no more than a rumble.”

In addition to the expats, Crete is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece.

As a nation, Greece attracted some 33 million visitors last year.

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