Two consecutive earthquakes rocked a village in central Crete this morning, but fortunately neither quake caused damages.

The first of the two earthquakes that struck Arkalochori was 3.6 Richter, and a few moments later a stronger, 4.2 Richter quake shook the village.

Both had the same epicenter, according to reports at, which was about four kilometers west of the village at a depth of around 12 meters.

The mayor of the village said that no damage has been reported, but villagers were scared as they recalled a 2021 earthquake, which measured 6.0 Richter, and caused widespread damage and even the death of a man when a church collapsed on him.

Greece is one of the world’s most seismically active countries, which means earthquakes are a common occurrence. Compared to other more active parts of the world, most Greek earthquakes are relatively mild.

In the past, major tremors have occured in Crete, Rhodes, the Peloponnese Islands, and Karpathos, while the islands on the west coast of the country, known as the Ionian islands are also prone to seismic activity. Many of the quakes that strike Greece have their epicenters under the sea. While these can shake up surrounding islands, they rarely cause severe damage.