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Holiday hotspot Crete rocked by 6.3 mag earthquake as tsunami warning issued

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The Greek island of Crete has been hit with a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, just two weeks after a 5.8 magnitude quake shook the island to its core.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre have warned of a potential tsunami that could hit the Mediterranean's fifth largest island as a result.

The epicentre of the quake was in the Aegean Sea, just east of the island, unlike the previous shock which had the village of Arkalochori at its centre.

So far seismologists have not said whether the two incidents are connected.

No victims have been reported so far, but a Church building has collapsed in the town of Sitia, in the eastern region of Agios Nikolaos.

Local resident, Manos Hahlioutis, told the Daily Star: "I felt the tremors so strongly, I honestly think my house has moved some centimetres away from its previous location.

"We were saved by the fact that this earthquake took place in the sea. If this earthquake had the same epicentre as the last one (Arkalochori), we would be talking about a complete and utter disaster."

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