A 5.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Crete, Greece’s largest island, Monday and one person was killed when a church dome collapsed, authorities said.
The quake, which caused residents to run into the streets and caused damage to the buildings, was described by a Greek seismologist as “lightning” with strong aftershocks.
A man died when the dome of a small church in the town of Arkalochori, about 30 kilometers south of Heraklion, collapsed while it was being renovated, a police official said. Many houses and buildings in the city center were also damaged.
The civil protection service said nine people were injured in the quake. The people of Heraklion rushed out and the schoolchildren gathered in the school grounds and town square. “We will continue to be vigilant throughout the day,” said Crete’s search and rescue service chief Stavros Kalogiannakis.
The Institute of Geodynamics in Athens said the quake had a magnitude of 5.8 and the epicenter was 23 kilometers northwest of Arvi in Southeast Crete), at a depth of 10 km.
Earlier, the European Center for Mediterranean Seismology (EMSC) said the quake had a magnitude of 6.5, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put it at 6.0. [lt/uh]