Thursday, 28 October, 2021

Man killed as Crete struck by 5.8-magnitude earthquake

Rescuers searched through the rubble of the demolished church in Arkalochori, REUTERS

London, Sept. 27: At least one person has been killed and nine injured after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Greek island of Crete, local officials say.

The man died when the dome of a church that was being renovated in the town of Arkalochori caved in.

People were sent rushing out onto the streets when the earthquake struck at 09:17 (06:17 GMT). Several aftershocks followed.

Civil protection authorities said many buildings had been damaged. Both Greece and Turkey sit on fault lines and earthquakes are common.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) initially recorded a magnitude of 6.5 while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put it at 6.0.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute later said the 5.8 quakes struck 23km (14 miles) northwest of the coastal village of Arvi, at a depth of 10km.