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One dead and nine injured after earthquake hits Greek island

Written by on 27/09/2021

One person has died and several others have been injured after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Greek island of Crete.

People were sent fleeing into the streets in the city of Heraklion, schools were evacuated as the earthquake damaged houses and churches.

Repeated aftershocks rattled the country’s fourth-largest city, adding to damage in villages near the epicentre.

A woman moves among goods that fell on the floor following an earthquake, at a shop in the town of Arkalochori on the island of Crete, Greece
Image: At least nine aftershocks hit the area

A man died when the dome of a small church in the town of Arkalochori, some 18.5 miles (30km) south of the city of Heraklion, caved in during renovation works, a police official said.

Civil protection authorities said nine people were injured in the quake.

Sniffer dogs, 30 members of the fire department’s disaster response unit and specialised rescue equipment were sent to Crete and all the fire services on the island were placed on general alert.

A damaged Greek Orthodox chapel is seen after a strong earthquake in Arcalochori village on the southern island of Crete, Greece, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 has struck the southern Greek island of Crete, and Greek authorities say one person has been killed and several more have been injured
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Image: International and domestic flights to Heraklion have not been affected by the quake Pic: AP
A dog lies next to a damaged shop after a strong earthquake in Arkalochori village on the southern island of Crete, Greece, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. A strong earthquake struck the Greek island of Crete and killed one person and injured several more. Home and churches were damaged and rock slides occurred near the country's fourth-largest city
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Image: Some shops were damaged in the quake. Pic:AP

The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 6.17am, with a magnitude of 5.8 and an epicentre 153 miles (246km) southeast of the Greek capital Athens.

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“This is not an event that occurred without warning. We have seen activity in this region for several months,” seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos said on Greece’s state broadcaster ERT.

Firefighters stand next to a demolished Greek Orthodox church of Profitis Ilias after a strong earthquake in Arkalochori village on the southern island of Crete, Greece
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Image: Civil protection authorities said nine people were injured in the quake Pic: AP
Firefighters check their gear next to the rubble of a demolished church, following an earthquake, in the town of Arkalochori on the island of Crete, Greece
Image: Fire crews were sent to deal with the aftermath

“This was a strong earthquake, it was not under sea but under land and affecting populated areas.”

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) and the US Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 6.0, with an epicentre four miles (7km) north of the village of Thrapsano.

It is common for different institutes to give varying magnitudes early in the aftermath of an earthquake.

Firefighters operate atop of a hill at a demolished Greek Orthodox church after a strong earthquake in Arkalochori village on the southern island of Crete, Greece
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Image: The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 6.17am. Pic: AP

At least nine aftershocks also struck the area, with the EMSC giving a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 for the two strongest ones.

International and domestic flights to Heraklion have not been affected by the quake.

Wildfires recently ravaged Greece, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and causing many to have breathing problems.

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