Crete: One dead and 20 injured after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Greek island | World News

One person died and at least 20 others were injured after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Greek island of Crete.

People were sent fleeing to the streets of the city of Heraklion, schools were evacuated because the earthquake damaged houses and churches.

The repeated aftershocks rocked the country’s fourth-largest city, adding to damage to villages near the epicenter.

A woman moves among the goods that fell to the ground after an earthquake, in a shop in the town of Arkalochori on the island of Crete, Greece
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At least nine aftershocks hit the area

A man was killed when the dome of a small church in the town of Arkalochori, about 30 kilometers south of Heraklion city, collapsed during renovation work, a police officer said.

Hospital officials said 20 people had been treated for injuries, 10 of them received first aid.

Sniffer dogs, 30 members of the fire department’s disaster response unit and specialized rescue team were dispatched to Crete and all fire services on the island were put on general alert.

A damaged Greek Orthodox chapel is seen after a strong earthquake in the village of Arcalochori on the southern island of Crete, Greece, on Monday, September 27, 2021. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck the Greek island of Crete, and Greek authorities say one person died and several more were injured PIC: AP
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Domestic and international flights to Heraklion have not been affected by the earthquake Pic: AP
A dog lies next to a damaged tent after a strong earthquake in the village of Arkalochori on the southern island of Crete, Greece, on Monday, September 27, 2021. A strong earthquake struck the Greek island of Crete, killing one person and injured several more.  Houses and churches were damaged and rockslides occurred near the fourth largest city in the country PIC: AP
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Some tents were damaged by the earthquake. Photo: AP

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

“This is not an unannounced event. We have seen activity in this region for several months,” seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos told Greek state broadcaster ERT.

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

“This was a strong earthquake, it was not under the sea but underground and it affected populated areas.”

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) and the United States Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 6.0, with an epicenter four miles (7 km) north of the town of Thrapsano.

It is common for different institutes to provide variable magnitudes at the beginning of the aftermath of an earthquake.

Firefighters operate on top of a hill in a demolished Greek Orthodox church after a strong earthquake in the village of Arkalochori on the southern island of Crete, Greece PIC: AP
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The Geodynamic Institute of Athens said the earthquake occurred at 6.17 a.m. M. Photo: AP

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

Domestic and international flights to Heraklion airport were not affected by the earthquake.

Meanwhile, the region’s hoteliers association said there was no serious damage to any hotel in the area, which includes many popular resorts.

Forest fires recently devastated Greece, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and causing many to have respiratory problems.

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