One dead and at least nine injured as earthquake of up to 6.5 on the Richter scale hits Crete

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Enterprise News and Pictures 27/9/21 Pic shows: Dust rises on the Greek island of Crete this morning following an earthquake measuring up to 6.5 on the Richter scale.The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported that the quake in the holiday destination had a depth of just 1.24 miles, and was one of a series felt by locals on Monday morning. It is not yet clear if anyone has been hurt in the incident, which was first felt at around 9.15am local time, though details remain scarce. There have been no initial reports of injuries but local authorities said two people were trapped in damaged buildings. The EMSC had reported a 5.6 magnitude quake striking the island minutes before the larger incident – with tremors also being felt afterwards. It said four earthquakes were recorded on Crete in about 45 minutes. The epicentre of the largest quake was around 25km from the capital Heraklion, according to the EMSC, though other reports have suggested it was closer. The organisation added that the epicentre was 4 miles north of the village of Thrapsano. The incident sent people out of their homes and buildings, while schools were evacuated. Local media in Crete reported some damage, mainly with collapsing walls of old stone buildings in villages near the epicenter on the eastern part of the island. Yorgos Saslis posted this image on Twitter of dust rising in the distance after the earthquake and wrote: "At only 10km depth, we REALLY FELT this one. All good over here - just a few shattered picture frames. Hope everyone else is doing ok!! See story...

Dust rises on the Greek island of Crete this morning following an earthquake measuring up to 6.5 on the Richter scale.

At least one person has been killed and nine injured following the incident, which was first felt at around 9.15am local time. Local authorities said two people were trapped in damaged buildings.

A man died when the dome of a church that was being renovated in the town of Arkalochori caved in on him.

Greece sits on fault lines and earthquakes are common.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre reported that the quake on the popular holiday island had a depth of just 1.24 miles, and was one of a series felt by locals on Monday morning.

The EMSC reported that an initial 5.6 magnitude quake struck the island minutes before the larger earthquake – with tremors also being felt afterwards. It said four earthquakes were recorded on Crete in total in around 45 minutes.

Star Beach in Hersonissos, seen here last week, which is less that 15 kilometres from the reported epicentre                                     © GlobalNet Pictures

The epicentre of the largest quake was said to be around 25km from the capital Heraklion and 4 miles north of the village of Thrapsano. However other reports suggest it was closer.

People fled homes and buildings and schools were evacuated following the incidents.

Local media in Crete reported some damage, mainly with collapsing walls of old stone buildings in villages near the epicenter on the eastern part of the island.

Yorgos Saslis posted an image on Twitter of dust rising in the distance after the earthquake and wrote: “At only 10km depth, we REALLY FELT this one. All good over here – just a few shattered picture frames. Hope everyone else is doing ok!!”

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