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Strong earthquake strikes near Crete

A 6.1-magnitude quake has struck off the eastern coast of the island of Crete near the town of Heraklion, according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute on Thursday.

The tremor struck at 21.08 p.m. local (18:08 GMT) at a focal depth of 10 kilometres. No reports of damage or casualties have been reported yet.

A few minutes later, two more 4.3- and 4.0-magnitude quakes followed in close proximity to the first.