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5.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Crete: One killed and 11 injured

A construction worker working at a small church that collapsed in a powerful earthquake that shook the Greek island of Crete has died Monday, according to a new report from authorities. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake, according to the US Geological Survey of Athens, struck at 08:17 GMT, 23 km south of Heraklion, the capital of Crete, according to USGS USGS 6, and particularly affected the agricultural city from Argolohori.

“So far one man has died and 11 have been admitted to hospital, most of them suffering from fractures,” an official with the press office of the Center for Emergency Situations (ECAO) told AFP.

At first, the media and residents only reported material damage, but two hours after the shock, Spiros Giorgio, head of the Civil Defense Press Office, told the AFP that “one person was killed and nine others were injured.”

Spiros Giorgio says the dead and injured were residents of Argolohory, where extensive damage was reported. Nine people were slightly injured, he said.

The epicenter was reported at 10 km depth, 346 km south of the Greek capital, according to the Athens Laboratory.

Images aired on public television ERT showed extensive damage, especially in Argalohori and other surrounding villages, where old houses near Heraklion collapsed.

“The quake, which we did not expect, currently has a magnitude of 4.5,” quoted seismologist Ethemis Legas, head of the seismology organization, as quoting the agency.

The ERT channel reports that the Minister of Civil Defense, Christos Stylanite, will visit Crete in the coming days with Mr. Lexus and the Natural Disaster Services Team (Emak).

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Greece is plagued by major geological faults and earthquakes occur frequently.

The last deadly earthquake struck in central Greece, Elsona, on March 3, killing one person and injuring ten others, causing extensive damage.

On October 30, 2020, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the Greek island of Samos and the Turkish city of Izmir, killing 114 people in Turkey and two in Samos.