The Greek island of Crete was hit by two earthquakes in the space of four minutes, just days after a landslide injured seven people on the island of Zakynthos. Two earthquakes have struck off the coast of the Greek island of Crete, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quakes measuring 4.5 and 4.4 in magnitude struck at around 6am BST (8am local time), just four minutes apart. The first 53km south-west of Tympakion and the other 55km from Tympakion.

Professor of Geology at the University of Athens, Efthimios Lekkas, said the two quakes hit at a depth of 10km. He said “the earthquake was felt in Messolonghi, Aegio and Zakynthos, where there is a possibility that the beach of Navajo was also affected.” Last week the authorities decided to shut down the beach of Navagio on the Greek island of Zakynthos, also known as Zante, after a landslide on September 13. READ MORE