A construction worker working on a small church that collapsed was killed Monday in the strong earthquake that struck the Greek island of Crete and also injured 11 people, according to a new report from authorities.
The earthquake, of magnitude 5.8 according to the Geodynamic Observatory of Athens, 6 according to the American Institute USGS, occurred at 06:17 GMT 23 km from Heraklion, the capital of Crete and especially affected the farm of the city Arkolohori .
“So far a man has died and 11 people have been hospitalized, mostly due to fractures,” an official from the press office of the emergency units center (Ekav) told AFP.
At first, the media and residents only reported material damage, but two hours after the crash, Spyros Georgiou, head of the Civil Protection press office, told AFP that there were “one dead and nine injured.”
The fatal victim and the injured are residents of Arkolohori where extensive damage was observed, according to Spiros Georgiou. Nine people were slightly injured, he said.
The epicenter of the earthquake, with a depth of 10 km, was recorded 346 km south of the Greek capital, according to the Athens Observatory.
Images broadcast by public television ERT showed significant damage, in particular the collapse of old houses in Arkalohori and other surrounding villages near Heraklion.
“It is an earthquake that we did not expect, at the moment there are aftershocks of 4.5,” said seismologist Efthymis Lekkas, president of the anti-seismic protection organization, quoted by the Agency. Greek press ANA.
The Minister of Civil Protection Christos Stylianides, accompanied by Mr. Lekkas and a team of services against natural disasters (Emak) will visit Crete in the next few hours, according to the ERT channel.
Greece is traversed by major geological faults and earthquakes are frequent.
The last deadly earthquake occurred on March 3 in central Greece, in Elassona, leaving one dead and ten injured, as well as extensive damage.
On October 30, 2020, a magnitude 7 earthquake shook the Aegean Sea between the Greek island of Samos and the Turkish city of Izmir, killing 114 in Turkey and two in Samos.