The huge tremor was registered this afternoon at around 2pm. It was not immediately known the level of damage or injuries on the island, which is one of Grece’s biggest, but experts believe it is minimal. There is also not believed to be a tsunami warning. Earthquake expert Christoph Gruetzner wrote on Twitter: “Wow, big #earthquake offshore in Crete. @LastQuake says M6.5. Perhaps a rather shallow thrust. Likely no damage or tsunami.”
The earthquake was recorded at a depth of between 10km and 16km below ground level in the Mediterranean Sea.
@Alertes Info wrote: “Earthquake off Crete. Magnitude revised to 6.6. Very strong for the region. No tsunami alert.”
The earthquake was registered at around 12.51pm local time (1.51pm BST).
Estimates suggest the quake was centered around 90km south of the Greek island, which is a popular holiday destination.
Twitter reports suggest the quake was felt as far away as Albania, with some claimig to have felt it in the Middle East.
The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck about 55 km south of the city of Ierapetra.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.