Terrified by an earthquake, a British mother is forced to flee her hotel room with her baby girl Buyer.
Sophia Meadowcroft, 24, of Hornby, Lancashire, says the whole room shook as a massive 6.0 quake hit the Greek island – killing a dad-two.
British tourists were pulled out of the resort and islanders took to the streets when the tremors were felt at 9.17 a.m. local time on Monday.
Sophia is staying at a hotel near Heraklion and says she is grateful that her one-year-old daughter, Ayla, was trapped in her pram when the earthquake struck.
She told Online: “It felt like there was a train outside our room and everything started shaking.
“The headboard of the bed was hitting the wall when the bed shook and my perfume bottle fell on the ground and broke.
“Luckily my daughter was in the pram. Had she not been there she could have been thrown on the floor.
“I was really scared at first I didn’t know what was going on.
“I quickly realized that there are no trains near the hotel.”
Sofia said the entire hotel was evacuated to the beach and that many people were having breakfast when the quake began, but guests were allowed back into the hotel and there were no casualties on the premises.
Restaurants at the resort were closed, however, his room has been closed due to further damage caused by broken glass.
The demonic earthquake caused the dome of a church to crash inside the builders – killing a new grandfather whose trapped son was pulled alive from the rubble.
He was among at least 11 injured as a magnitude 6.0 earthquake was reported to have damaged 1,000 homes on Greece’s largest island.
It also triggered a rock slide and a tsunami warning, although no dangerous waves were reported.
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Dad-of-two Iakovos Tsagarakis, 65 – who recently became a grandfather – has been named as the first fatality, reports protothema.
He was one of three builders trapped under a fallen dome while renovating the church of the Prophet Elias at Arkalochori.
His son is said to have broken bones, but survived after the rescue team was called.
Neighbors said they were working to repair the church after damage from a previous earthquake.
The mayor of Vianos, Minas Stavrakis, said: “Unfortunately, my dear friend and classmate died tragically this morning in the church of the Prophet Elias.
“At the time of the earthquake, he was working with his son in the church when the dome collapsed.
“His son is in shock as he was with his father. The victim was a father of two children and had recently become a grandfather.”
Crete is used to earthquakes but experts say today was particularly devastating because it was closer to the surface and lasted longer.
A series of heavy aftershocks continued to rock the island today, adding to the damage.
panic on the streets
According to the chairman of the municipal community, Chrysoula Gkegkeroglu, the village of Arkalochori was the worst affected, with 80 percent of all houses damaged.
Officials warned anyone whose home was damaged to stay outside until they were inspected.
Civil Defense Minister Christos Stylianidis said tents would be set up for about 2,500 earthquake victims.
Emergency teams are also assessing schools and hospitals for structural damage.
At least 11 people have been treated in a hospital in Crete.
In the village of Patsideros, a man was trapped by debris outside the front door of his own house.
There are also reports of a group of people trapped in a pharmacy who managed to save themselves.
The depth of the earthquake was 2 km and its epicenter was 23 km northwest of the capital Heraklion.
One local tweeted: “Ok, that was interesting – as we were finishing breakfast it looked like a lorry was about to come through the wall and everything shook.”
Another resident wrote: “I’m trembling so badly it was the biggest and worst earthquake ever.”
According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.0.
‘out of the blue’
Greek scientists described the quake as “unexpectedly powerful” and warned that it was not certain that another major quake was on the way.
“The quake was a bolt of blue,” said Professor Ethymios Lekkas, head of the Faculty of Geology in the Geo-environment at the University of Athens.
“The scientific community thought the event was over,” he added, referring to a four-month period of seismic activity in the area.
“We were all wrong because the earthquake was completely unexpected.”
It was important that the old buildings and schools were evacuated, Lexus said, before flying to Crete on a government plane to monitor the damage.
“We can’t say with certainty right now whether it was a major earthquake or not,” he said.
One Twitter user wrote: “During the past 30 days, Crete (Greece) was shaken by 1 earthquake of magnitude 5.8, 1 earthquake of magnitude 4.3, 34 earthquakes between 3.0 and 4.0, and 136 earthquakes between 2.0 and 3.0.
“There were also 86 earthquakes below magnitude 2.0 that people don’t normally feel.”
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