ATHENS, GREECE: A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Greek island of Crete on Monday morning, killing one person and injuring several others.
People ran out into the streets because of the earthquake, while schools were evacuated. Repeated aftershocks shook the area, and local media reported damage in villages near the quake’s epicenter.
The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 9:17 a.m. (0617 GMT) local time, with its epicenter 246 kilometers (153 mi) southeast of the Greek capital Athens.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center and the US Geological Survey gave an initial magnitude of 6.0, with its center seven kilometers (4 mi) north of the village of Threpsano. It is common for different seismological institutions to assign different magnitudes to earthquakes in the early hours and days after an event.
Greece’s climate crisis and civil defense ministry said one person was killed and nine others were injured, according to reports from local authorities. Details of the circumstances of the death and injuries were not immediately available.
“This is not an event that happened without warning. We have seen activity in this area for several months. It was a strong earthquake, it was not under sea but on land,” said seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos at Greece’s state broadcaster. down and affecting populated areas.” ERT.
At least nine aftershocks also affected the area, with the EMSC giving an initial magnitude of 4.6 for the two strongest ones.
Residents of the city of Heraklion took to the streets. Local media in Crete reported damage from collapsed walls of old stone buildings in villages near the epicenter of the quake on the eastern side of the island.
Heraklion Mayor Vasilis Lambrinos told Greek Sky television that there were no immediate reports from emergency services of any injuries or serious damage. He said all the schools have been evacuated and have to be investigated for structural damage.