After the strong earthquake, tsunami alert in Crete
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has triggered a tsunami alert in Crete.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Center recorded the epicenter of the earthquake 31 kilometers southeast of the port of Sitia, while locals in panic took to the streets.
A resident of the town of Analipsi reported to the EMSC: "Massive tremors. The whole house shook side by side by at least 15 centimeters. It lasted about 20 seconds."
Prominent seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos said the island was also hit by a tsunami after the major quake, reports the Sun.
Appealing to people to evacuate his coastal areas, he said: " A small tsunami is developing in southern Crete. Retreat from the shores."
Authorities said police and fire crews were searching buildings in eastern Crete for damage.
The quake affected Greek islands east of Crete, including Carpathos, Kassos and Rhodes.
Crete's regional deputy governor, Yiannis Leondarakis, told Greek state radio: " Fortunately, there does not appear to be any serious damage despite the fact that it was a strong shock and occurred at a shallow depth."