Difficult night in Crete: Tents set up for residents – New quake of 5.3 R

People had a difficult night in Arkalohori Crete after the strong earthquake of 5.8 Richter, as they spent the night in tents. One person died while repairing a church rook and 12 people were injured, one seriously.

Arkalohori homes sustained heavy damage and are unsafe. Armed Forces, volunteers and members of the Hellenic Red Cross set up a temporary tent camp for Monday night. Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Christos Stylianides is in the region since Monday afternoon, heading the team that oversees the work.

Tents were also set up at villages along the municipality of Minoas Pediadas, where homes have been damaged. Stylianides said that at least 40 engineers will arrive in the area on Tuesday to inspect the buildings for damage.

Meanwhile, residents of Iraklio in Crete were sent scurrying into the streets again on Tuesday morning by a fresh tremor of over 5 on the Richter scale. According to the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens, the 7.48 a.m. tremor had a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 Richter and its epicentre was 23 kilometres south-southwest of the city of Iraklio.

Seismic fault that provoked 5.8R quake in Heraklion totally unkown, Papazahos says

The seismic fault responsible for Monday’s 5.8 Richter earthquake near Arkalochori in Heraklion, Crete was totally unknown, stated professor of Seismology and Geophysics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) Constantinos Papazahos to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).

“The specific fault in the Heraklion basin, which certainly gave rise to earthquakes hundreds of years ago, was not known or mapped and has not been studied. However, there are many faults in Greece that we know very little about and which give rise to quakes that surprise us as they have not been studied enough,” Papazahos said and estimated that the 5.8 Richter quake was probably the main quake.

The seismologists will be on alert in the next days and will monitor the phenomenon, professor of Seismology at AUTH Manolis Skordylis said to the ANA.

“Nobody can be absolutely certain but it is very probable that this was the main earthquake but we should wait for one to two days,” Skordylis said, adding that “Crete experiences strong quakes but the issue is the location of the epicentre. There are some areas that have major faults that cause huge quakes and some others that host smaller faults that may give rise to tremors of medium intensity,” Skordylis said.