On Monday, at 9:17 a.m. local time, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Heraklion, Greece, shaking parts of Greece and Turkey. As of Monday morning, one person had died and 11 others had been injured. According to a local news site, over 1,000 homes are now unusable.
During the earthquake, two churches and other structures, including shops and residential complexes, were damaged. Parts of one of these churches, the Prophet Elias church in Arkalochori, which was being built at the time, collapsed during the earthquake. This damage resulted in one fatality. In Patisidero, Greece, another person was trapped in his home.
Structure damage has been recorded in much of Arkalochori, Greece, and schools and hotels have been evacuated throughout Crete. Water supply networks were also damaged as a result of the earthquake, leading to the school evacuations.
Residents seeking safety and rubble from damaged buildings swarmed the streets of the community near the epicenter. In Crete, some routes were also closed owing to a landslide that crushed a car. Local authorities have also issued a tsunami warning.
Aftershocks shook the region, including a 4.6 magnitude earthquake immediately to the south of the main quake and a 4.5 magnitude earthquake to the north, albeit only five were felt.
“[On Monday], high temperatures are forecast to reach the middle 70s to lower 80s Fahrenheit (24-28 degrees Celsius) across the largest of the Greek Islands, Crete,” Meteorologist said Conditions should remain sunny, with a few clouds developing on Tuesday, ideal for cleanup. Very little rainfall is in the forecast this week, however, there is a chance for a brief thunderstorm to pass over the island on Wednesday, according to the metholosist report.
“High temperatures throughout the largest of the Greek Islands, Crete, are expected to reach the middle 70s to lower 80s Fahrenheit (24-28 degrees Celsius) on Monday,” Meteorologist said . On Tuesday, the weather should continue sunny with a few clouds emerging, which will be excellent for cleanup. This week is expected to be dry, but there is a potential of a small thunderstorm passing over the island on Wednesday, according to Smithmyer.
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