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2nd earthquake rattles Crete

2012-01-27 10:56

Athens - A second strong earthquake, measuring 5.2 in magnitude, rattled the Greek holiday island of Crete, injuring two people, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said on Friday.

The epicentre was located in the sea, approximately 46km north-east of the island between Crete and the popular island of Santorini, the exact location where a 5.3 earthquake struck on Thursday.

"It is not uncommon that we see twin earthquakes taking place, the director of the institute told private Skai radio.

Residents on Crete reportedly rushed out of their homes in panic as the quake hit at 03:30. Two people broke their legs after jumping from their second storey apartments.

The tremor was also felt throughout the islands of Dodedannese, the Cyclades and as far away as the Peloponnese, on the Greek mainland.