Two moderate quakes rattle Crete in the early hours of Sunday

Two moderate earthquakes measuring 4.3 and 3.8 on the Richter scale rattled the southern Aegean island of Crete in the early hours of Sunday, hitting two different locations within a few minutes of each other, the National Geodynamic Institute has reported.

The first quake, measuring 4.3 Richter, struck 139 kilometers south of Ierapetra in Lasithi on the eastern tip of the island at 5.28 a.m. At 6.05 a.m., a second tremor measuring 3.8 Richter followed just a few kilometers off the epicenter of the previous quake, the Geodynamic Institute said.