Deadly M6.0 earthquake hits Crete in Greece: 1 killed, several injured and large structural damage in what was described as a terrifying jolt

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M6.0 earthquake Crete, Greece, September 27 2021
Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake Crete, Greece, September 27, 2021

A “terrifying” 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Greek island of Crete this morning, killing one person and injuring several others, amid reports of structural damage to homes and churches.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported that a M6.0 quake struck at 9.17 am with an epicentre 16 miles south south east of the city of Heraklion and a depth of 6.2 miles. At least nine aftershocks have also struck the area, with the strongest one registering at M4.6.

Greece’s Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Ministry confirmed that one person had been killed and a further nine people suffered injuries. Local authorities reported that a man was crushed when a church dome in the town of Arkalochori collapsed; they said that he had been renovating the church when the earthquake struck.

The details of the circumstances of the injuries were not immediately available.

Vassilis Lambrinos, the mayor of Heraklion, told Greek Skai television that all schools had been evacuated to check for structural damage.

Local media in Crete have reported that some old buildings had experienced structural damage, with walls collapsing in villages near the epicenter.

Holidaymakers were also evacuated from their hotels in Crete. Sarah Williams-Long, a doctor at King’s Hospital in London who was staying at the Creta Maris beach resort with her partner and three-year-old son told The Independent that the experience was harrowing.

She said: “They’ve evacuated us from our hotel in case there’s a second earthquake – we’re waiting to be taken to a hotel away from the higher buildings.

We’ll hopefully be allowed back in to hotel if nothing happens in the next 40 minutes. It was terrifying. Initially there was just a very slight rumble, like waiting for a train underground, but it quickly increased causing the building to shake.

Everyone instinctively got under the tables until we were asked to leave the building. Some people were visibly shaken – one of the chefs collapsed. It was very dramatic.

Another Briton in Crete told the EMSC: “Coming from England I have never experienced an earthquake like this. I was rather scared. The building doesn’t seem to have suffered any damage,” adding that there were cracks in the paving.

Twitter user Yorgos Saslis said: “we REALLY FELT this one,” noting that everything was okay where he was, save for a “few shattered picture frames.”

Pete Goodwin, who was preparing to fly back to Britain, said on Twitter: “Just experienced a very strong earth tremor/earthquake in Crete!

Others on Twitter reported having felt tremors in Analipsi (11 miles away) and as far away as Santorini (92 miles away).

The EMSC had originally reported that the quake had a magnitude of 6.5 before adjusting it to M6.0 shortly thereafter. The Athens Geodynamic Institute also reported that an earthquake had struck the island of Crete, but reported a preliminary M5.8.

The quake comes just two weeks after a M4.2 magnitude earthquake struck nearby holiday island Kos at a depth of 6.2 miles, on 11 September.

Meanwhile, the volcanic eruption continues on the island of La Palma…  [Independent]

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6 Comments

  1. I tell you all get outof big citis and they will be goo down center of storm. Also
    Vaccine Awareness Week Update 2021

    By Joseph Mercola

    Mercola.com

    September 27, 2021
    This week, we celebrate our 12th anniversary of Vaccine Awareness Week. In this video, Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) — which will celebrate its 40th anniversary as an organization in April 2022 — summarizes some of the high and low points we’ve experienced over the past year.

    “It’s really kind of surreal for me to watch what has unfolded since the winter of 2020,” Fisher says. “In the 1990s, I predicted that the day would come when we would not be able to function in society unless we had received every government recommended vaccine.

    I didn’t exactly understand how they would get there. Well, now we know how they got there, and it’s like living my worst nightmare, which I thought my children and grandchildren would be grappling with after I was long gone. Instead, I’m here to witness it and it’s very disturbing.
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    • If the supply chain goes down, earthquakes won’t knock crap off the shelves. Less cleanup in markets.

      Off topic:
      Does anybody else hate it that all our foods come in plastic jars? I liked everything in glass much better. At least my pickles and olives still pack in glass.

      * Secret Sauce recipe:
      Mayo, chopped green oilves, pickle, red pepper, and a dash of saracha sauce. Put that on your burger and sandwich. 👌

      • Secret sauce #2
        Mayo, chopped sun dried tomato, black pepper, and lemon on the chicken sandwiches. Garnish sandwich plate with those Greek Kalamata olives.

      • Klamatta olives, they’re from Greece. Spelled wrong beforehand. Try those if you haven’t already. Those are tasty.

      • Another place I used to get old world foods was this Polish delicatessen. Been there forever. You can find all types of jars of delicious things. Most have Eurpoean labels. Pickled items, meats, cheeses, European cookies with dark chocolate!

        You will never see this food in a supermarket. I remember spending like $200 every couple of months. Then you have a food arsenal stockpiled. Especially those red peppers in oil. Good to have like 10 jars of those. Olives too, all types, and real sauerkraut.

        Alright, it’s lunchtime now.

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