Crete shaken by an earthquake of magnitude 5.3

Crete was shaken Tuesday, September 28 by a new earthquake following a violent earthquake that left one dead and eleven injured and many homeless because of the damage.

The strongest earthquake was of magnitude 5.3 at 7:48 local time, the Geodynamic Observatory of Athens reported that the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, of the island, was preparing to visit the site.

According to the results of the preliminary inspection, a thousand buildings were damaged by Monday’s earthquake, which had a radius of 10 kilometers, near the small town of Arkalochori where a construction worker was killed while working for a church whose roof collapsed. Eleven others were hospitalized, most with broken bones.

Crete earthquake: several aftershocks

In the aftermath of the great earthquake, the Athens Observatory recorded Monday more than thirty earthquakes in five hours, with a magnitude of 4.6.

“The night was very difficult, we had many tremors,” Chryssoula Kegeroglou, head of the Arkalochori community, told ERT radio.“We stayed up all night.

Authorities set up tents and organized dozens of hotel rooms to accommodate hundreds of people whose homes were considered too dangerous to return to. According to Kegeroglou, a thousand people were sleeping in tents.

Greece is invaded by important geographical defects and earthquakes are recurrent. The latest deadly earthquake struck on March 3 in central Greece, in Elassona, killing one person and injuring ten others and causing extensive damage.

On October 30, 2020, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the Aegean Sea between the Greek island of Samos and the Turkish city of Izmir, killing 114 Turks and two in Samos.