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Where a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Crete and the latest travel advice

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There are currently no reports of injuries or damage on the popular holiday island of Crete after Tuesday’s earthquake

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Greek island of Crete, and the authorities have issued a tsunami warning.

There are currently no reports of injuries or damage on this island, which is a popular vacation destination.

The earthquake comes just three weeks after a 5.8 magnitude quake near Heraklion that killed one person and injured 20 others.

The Geodynamic Institute in Athens said the earthquake hit just off the east coast of the island near the village of Palekastro.

Aftershocks of magnitude 4.1 and 4.6 followed.

The earthquake was also felt on the islands of Karpathos, Kassos and Rhodes, east of Crete. No damage was reported on any of these islands.

Crete’s Deputy Regional Governor Yiannis Leondarakis told the Greek state radio station: “The quake was felt across the island and there was cause for concern because we are still feeling the aftershocks of the previous quake.”

There are no immediate damage reports, but rescue workers are checking buildings on the east side of the island.

Video footage showed products falling off store shelves and people fleeing buildings. Schools in the area have been closed.

Mr. Leondarakis said, “Fortunately, there does not appear to be any serious damage, although it was a major event and occurred at shallow depth.”

Explaining the tsunami warning, Vassilis Karastathis, Deputy Director of the Geodynamic Institute, said: “There is always an announcement when there is a strong earthquake in the sea.

“With a tsunami we don’t have time to wait until we see all the data from the warning systems, so we send the announcement for better or for worse.”

Hundreds of Herakionians remain homeless after the September 27 earthquake that killed a man who was carrying out restoration work on a church in Arkalochori, 30 kilometers south.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has not yet issued advice on today’s earthquake, but there has been no suggestion that people should avoid traveling to Crete at this time.

A statement on their website for the quake late last month said: “The British embassy is monitoring reports of an earthquake in Crete, some 25 km south of the city of Heraklion, that struck the morning of Sept.

“You should remain vigilant and follow advice from local authorities and be aware of the possibility of aftershocks.”

Additional coverage by the press association

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