Earthquake aftermath in Crete: Buildings destroyed, dead

At least one person died and nine were injured after an earthquake measuring around 6.0 on the Richter scale struck on the Greek island of Crete.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said the quake in the resort area was only 1.24 miles deep and was one of a series felt by locals Monday morning.

The strongest of the quakes occurred at about 9:15 a.m. local time, followed by at least nine aftershocks in the area as well.

Greece’s Ministry of Climate Crisis and Civil Defense confirmed that local authorities reported one death and nine injuries, after earlier reports emerged that two people were trapped in damaged buildings.

Tourists flocked to Greece for holidays in late summer, and countless Britons have arrived in the sunny place in recent weeks.

Different seismological institutes have given different estimates of the earthquake’s magnitude, with the EMSC previously stating a magnitude of 6.5.

Now it reports a preliminary magnitude of 6.0, as does the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Athens Geodynamic Institute believes the quake had a magnitude of 5.8.

It’s not uncommon for different organizations to publish conflicting data shortly after an earthquake.

According to the EMSC, the epicenter of the strongest quake was about 25 km from the capital Heraklion, although other reports say it was closer.

The organization added that the epicenter was 4 miles north of the village of Thrapsano.

As a result of the incident, people left their homes and buildings and schools were evacuated.

Local media in Crete reported some destruction, mainly the collapse of walls of old stone buildings in villages near the epicenter in the east of the island.

The mayor of Heraklion, Vassilis Lambrinos, earlier told Greek TV Skai that there were no reports of any injuries or major damage from emergency services.

Twitter user Pete Goodwin wrote, “Just packing up to fly home. Crete just had a very strong underground tremor/earthquake!!!

‘S*** me right up!!! The other half is in tears.”

Referring to the previous earthquake, which was weaker and farther from the surface, Yorgos Saslis posted a picture of the dust raised by the incident.

He said: “At a depth of only 10 km we REALLY felt this tremor,” adding that several things had been shattered by the previous quake.

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