Powerful Earthquake Hits West of Crete

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale occurred under the seabed between the islands of Kythera and Crete, in southern Greece on Wednesday morning.

The tremor, which happened at 9:23 a.m. local time, was felt as far as Athens.

According to the Athens Geodynamics Institute, the epicenter was located 258 kilometers south of Athens.

There are no reports of damage so far.

Local sites on Crete say that the tremor caused panic in the western parts of the island and in the region of Chania in particular. Nea Kriti reports that many residents fled from their homes when the tremor was first felt.

The mayor of the town of Kissamos announced that all schools will remain closed on Wednesday.

Professor of Geodynamics at the University of Athens, Eftymios Lekkas speaking to iefimerida.gr said that the earthquake was at great depth and it is not likely that will produce aftershocks.

He also ruled out that it is linked to the deadly earthquake that hit Albania on Monday evening.

This is a developing story