The earthquake, which occurred at 9.17 am local time, had a magnitude of 5.8, according to the Geodynamic Institute of Athens. He said the earthquake’s epicenter was 14 miles northwest of the coastal village of Arvi in southeastern Crete, at a depth of six miles.
The man who has been confirmed dead was taken unconscious from a chapel in the city of Arkalochori, south of the island’s capital, Heraklion. He had been working on the renovations of the chapel.
Civil protection authorities confirmed to CNN that there has been extensive damage to some buildings, mostly old, and that schools have been closed for the day. Government officials are on the ground to take stock of the damage.
The Greek Fire Service said in a statement that its forces in the region were mobilized immediately and patrols were carried out in the wider area.
Crete is the largest and most populous of all the Greek islands, with a population of more than 634,000, according to data from the European Union.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) previously reported that the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5.