Earthquake strikes Crete with 6.3 R – Tsunami warning (UPD)

A powerful earthquake stroke with magnitude 6.3 on the Richter scale the island of Crete at 12:24 noon on Tuesday. According to preliminary information, the epicenter of the earthquake was in the sea area 51 km off Sitia in the south-eastern coast of the island.

The Euro-Mediterranean Institute has reportedly issued a tsunami warning about 45 minutes later.

A small tsunami is developing, media reported short before 2 p.m. There are calls to locals to move away from the shores.

The first earthquake recording showed 6.6 R and focal depth 10 km, while the second showed 6.1 R and focal depth 56 km.

The tremor rattle the island and residents in many towns, villages in Ierapetra and Heraklio rushed out of homes and businesses in panic.