A powerful earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale was recorded just after 4:30 p.m. (14:30 GMT) near the large southern island of Crete, with the epicentre located in a sea region between Crete and the island of Karpathos.

The quake was felt throughout Crete and many of the other islands, reports state.

“The major earthquake in Japan is likely to have accelerated today’s earthquake in the south Aegean,” according to Geodynamic Institute director and seismology Prof. Konstantinos Makropoulos.
He added that  it has been three years since an earthquake like today’s was recorded, adding that its epicentre was 50 km below the earth’s surface, the reason it was felt at such a distance.