Crete hit by third earthquake in two weeks

Crete has been hit by a third earthquake in two weeks.

Scientists said a 5.2-magnitude tremor rocked the Mediterranean holiday island on Monday morning.

The quake struck about 64 km north of the island with the tremors also felt on Santorini.

Crete lies around 930 km east of Malta.

The earthquake came a fortnight after Crete was shaken by a 5.3-magnitude quake, and a day after 5.0 magnitude tremors were recorded on the same island.

Holidaymakers took to social media to tell of their shock at the tremors.

It is not yet known how much, if any, damage was done by the quake.

Crete is the second most visited Greek island, after Santorini, and sees about four million tourists a year.

What to do during an earthquake

The Red Cross have advice on what to do if caught up in an earthquake.

  • Move as little as possible – most injuries during earthquakes occur because of people moving around, falling and suffering sprains, fractures and head injuries. Try to protect your head and torso.
  • Doorways are no stronger than any other part of a structure so don’t rely on them for protection! During an earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit.
  • If you must leave a building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case of aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
  • Be aware that smoke alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire.
  • If you smell gas, get out of the house and move as far away as possible.
  • Before you leave any building check to make sure that there is no debris from the building that could fall on you.
  • If you are outdoors then find a clear spot and drop to the ground.

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