There are reports of four earthquakes in 45 minutes
Turkey has issued a tsunami warning after one person was killed and two injured in four earthquakes in Crete this morning.
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck the southern Greek island of Crete on Monday, killing one person and injuring several more, authorities said.
The quake sent people fleeing into the streets, while schools were evacuated.
Repeated aftershocks were rattling the area, and local media reported damage in villages near the epicentre.
The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 9:17am local time, with an epicentre 153 miles south southeast of the Greek capital, Athens.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre and the US Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 6.0, with an epicentre four miles north of the village of Thrapsano.
It is common for different seismological institutes to give varying magnitudes for an earthquake in the initial hours and days after an event.
Greece’s climate crisis and civil protection ministry said that according to reports from local authorities, one person had been killed and nine people injured.
“This is not an event that occurred without warning. 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,” seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos said on Greece’s state broadcaster ERT.
At least nine aftershocks also struck the area, with the EMSC giving a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 for the two strongest ones.
Residents of the city of Heraklion rushed out into the streets. Local media in Crete reported damage, with collapsing walls of old stone buildings in villages on the eastern part of the island.
According to The Express rubble and dust have been raining down on the streets.
The earthquakes reportedly affected Bulgaria, Egypt, Italy, Libya and North Macedonia.
There were four earthquakes to hit Crete in the space of only 45 minutes, with the biggest hitting around 25km away from Heraklion, says The Express, with one person killed and two injured.