Earthquake of 5.8-magnitude hits Greece’s biggest island of Crete, one person killed

An earthquake has struck the southern Greek island of Crete, with reports that at least one person was killed and several wounded as buildings collapsed.

People were sent rushing out on to the streets when the magnitude-5.8 quake struck around 9:15am.

Several aftershocks followed.

Greek media reported that one man died after a church collapsed in Arkalochori village in the centre of Crete.

Skai TV said nine others were injured and taken to hospital.

The tremor prompted many people in Crete’s main city Heraklion to rush outdoors. Schoolchildren were told to leave their classrooms, gathering in schoolyards and town squares.

“It felt quite strong and lasted many seconds,” a local mayor told Skai television.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) initially recorded a magnitude of 6.5 while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put it at 6.0.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute later said the 5.8 quake struck 23km north-west of the coastal village of Arvi, at a depth of 10km.