Quake rattles island of Crete, no injuries reported


An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 has jolted the island of Crete, but there no reports by authorities of injuries or serious damage.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the undersea quake occurred at 8:50 p.m. Wednesday east of the Crete, 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the island town of Sitia.

Seismologist Emmanuel M. Scordilis of the University of Thessaloniki told AP that "quakes of this medium range depth usually have weak aftershock activity."

Earthquakes are common in Italy, Greece and neighboring Turkey. [AP]