“The 5.8 Richter magnitude earthquake in Arkalochori, Heraklion, Crete, was unexpected,” the president of the Organisation for Antiseismic Planning and Protection (OASP), Professor Efthymios Lekkas said on Monday.
Asked if there will be a stronger earthquake, he replied: “What can one say after that? At the moment we have a series of aftershocks, the strongest one being 4.5 Richter at 09:37. People must be careful and avoid old buildings.” According to Lekkas, the damage will be restricted to the area immediately surrounding the epicentre.
4.6R aftershock jolts Crete at 10:30
An aftershock measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale was recorded at 10:30 on Monday, 24 km south-southeast of the city of Heraklion, Crete. According to Athens National Observatory Geodynamics Institute, the quake’s epicentre was located 344 km south-southeast of Athens.