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Earthquake on Greek island of Crete levels buildings, killing one person and injuring 20

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People who live in older, damaged buildings are advised to stay outdoors as aftershocks continue

Greece, September 27, 2021, (ABC News).- The earthquake, damaged homes and churches and caused rock slides near the country’s fourth-largest city on Monday.

People fled into the streets in the city of Heraklion, and schools were evacuated.

Repeated aftershocks of up t0 magnitude-4.6 were described by witnesses as feeling like small explosions.

“The earthquake was strong and was long in duration,” Heraklion mayor Vassilis Lambrinos told private Antenna television.

A church lies collapsed after a strong earthquake in Crete, Greece.
The collapsed Greek Orthodox church of Profitis Ilias where a man was killed in the earthquake. (AP: Harry Nakos)

The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 9:17am (local time), with an epicentre 246 kilometres south-east of Athens.

Greece’s Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Ministry said one man had been killed. 

He was pulled from the rubble of a partially collapsed church in the village of Arkalochori, very close to the epicentre.

Hospital officials said 20 people had been treated for injuries, 10 of them receiving first aid.

Old buildings under threat

“This is not an event that occurred without warning,” said seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos on Greece’s state broadcaster ERT.

Residents pass by a destroyed chapel on the Greek island of Crete after a strong earthquake hit.
An old orthodox chapel stands damaged in Arcalochori village, Crete.(AP: Harry Nikos)

“We have seen activity in this region for several months. This was a strong earthquake, it was not under sea but under land and affecting populated areas,” he said.

Seismologist Efthimios Lekkas, who heads Greece’s Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization, said inspections of critical buildings such as schools and hospitals had already begun.

“We are urging people who live in damaged older buildings to remain outdoors. One aftershock can cause a collapse,” Professor Lekkas said.

“We are talking about structures built before 1970. Structures built after 1985 are built to a higher standard that can withstand the effect of an earthquake.”

Local media said hundreds of homes had been damaged. Local officials said they had enough capacity to temporarily house 300 people in tents.

Source: ABC News

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