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Great earthquake hits Crete, at least one person died in the avalanche

Great earthquake hits Crete, at least one person died in the avalanche

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A man was killed in a powerful earthquake that hit the Greek island of Crete on Monday. The quake also left nine minor injuries, according to civil defense officials. The earthquake measured 5.8 on the Richter scale, according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute.

After the first shock at about 09:15 local time, a 3.7 aftershock followed 15 minutes later. The depth of the first earthquake was between 8 to 9 kilometers. The epicenter of the earthquake was 23 km from Heraklion, the capital of Crete.


A worker in the town of Arcalokuri was killed after the dome of a church collapsed during restoration work, according to local civil defense officials. In addition, nine people were injured by falling debris and the collapse of some old houses. Many people took to the streets of the capital, Heraklion.

Greece is divided by major geological fault lines. Several shocks have already been recorded in the region last month, the largest of which was 5.8 on the Richter scale. More than 50 shocks under the 2.0 have also been registered, but they are almost imperceptible.


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