Greek island of Karpathos hit by 4.8-magnitude quake

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 has shaken Greece's southeastern Aegean Sea islands

The University of Athens' Geodynamic Institute said the undersea quake had an epicenter 39 kilometers (24 miles) northwest of Karpathos and occurred just after 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT).

But while earthquakes are common in Greece, fatalities and major damage are rare.

Last month, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit neighboring Turkey, killing 41 people and injuring 1,600.