Earthquake Strikes Greece; No Injuries Reported

October 14, 2013

Reuters and other sources are reporting that a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Crete on Saturday, causing minor damage. Local police and fire brigades have said that there were no reports of casualties or serious destruction.

The earthquake struck at 9:11 a.m. eastern time, with the epicenter 22.5 miles below the seabed and 43 miles west of Chania on Crete, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Tremors were felt as far as the Greek capital Athens, some 180 miles away, and across southern Greece, including the Peloponnese peninsula and the Cyclades cluster of islands, the Athens Geological Institute said.

Local media in Crete said the quake caused minor damage to shops and houses in Chania.

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Greek authorities have intercepted a boat with 73 immigrants who were allegedly trying to enter the country illegally.

A Merchant Marine Ministry statement said the vessel, which is not in any danger, was spotted 60 miles offshore Monday.

Greece and Italy are major entry points for African and Asian migrants seeking a better life in Europe.

In the past two weeks, about 400 people have died trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa on rickety smuggling ships.

The Greek ministry said a merchant ship, escorted by a coast guard patrol boat, was towing the vessel to the southern port of Pylos on the Mediterranean.

The migrants, among them 18 children, are expected to be temporarily detained. It was unclear where they are from.