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Crete has been rocked by a chain of earthquakes, with the first to rock the Greek island measuring a magnitude of 6.0, succeeded by smaller, subsequent quakes, according to Euro-Mediterranean seismological center (EMSC).

On Monday, a 6.0 magnitude quake struck 25km (16 miles) south east off of Crete’s port city of Heraklion at around 9:17 am local time (6:17 GMT) with a depth of 10km (6.2 miles).

The large quake was then succeeded by a string of other smaller tremors, with the two biggest quakes to follow measuring in at 4.6 around 90 minutes after the first, the EMSC said.

The monitoring group warned that “aftershocks are already occurring and may occur in the next hours/days”, urging people to adhere to information given by national authorities and “be careful”.

Footage circulating on Twitter purported to show items in shops and homes smashed, as well as lights flickering on and off as buildings rattled. Other videos captured people rushing for safety in Heraklion.

Alongside damage to old, stone buildings, people were also evacuated from their hotels. One holidaymaker showed dozens of people crowded together in the wake of the quake.

An image of the Crete landscape on Twitter showed clouds of dust rising high into the sky following the intense tremor.

One fatality has been reported according to local news outlets. The man reportedly died when he was crushed by a dome while working in a church outside the village of Arkalochori. At least nine people have been injured and are being treated in hospitals and health centers.

The Mediterranean region is no stranger to earthquakes. A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Greece in March, not far from the regional capital of Larissa.

Meanwhile, an earthquake measuring as high as 7.0 by the United States Geological Survey struck the Aegean Sea at the end of October last year affecting Turkey and Greece. More than 800 people were injured and at least 27 people lost their lives, mainly affecting the Turkish port of Izmir. On the Greek island of Samos, two teenagers were killed.

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Crete has been rocked by a chain of earthquakes, with the first to rock the Greek island measuring a magnitude of 6.0, succeeded by smaller, subsequent quakes, according to Euro-Mediterranean seismological center (EMSC).

On Monday, a 6.0 magnitude quake struck 25km (16 miles) south east off of Crete’s port city of Heraklion at around 9:17 am local time (6:17 GMT) with a depth of 10km (6.2 miles).

The large quake was then succeeded by a string of other smaller tremors, with the two biggest quakes to follow measuring in at 4.6 around 90 minutes after the first, the EMSC said.

The monitoring group warned that “aftershocks are already occurring and may occur in the next hours/days”, urging people to adhere to information given by national authorities and “be careful”.

Footage circulating on Twitter purported to show items in shops and homes smashed, as well as lights flickering on and off as buildings rattled. Other videos captured people rushing for safety in Heraklion.

Alongside damage to old, stone buildings, people were also evacuated from their hotels. One holidaymaker showed dozens of people crowded together in the wake of the quake.

An image of the Crete landscape on Twitter showed clouds of dust rising high into the sky following the intense tremor.

One fatality has been reported according to local news outlets. The man reportedly died when he was crushed by a dome while working in a church outside the village of Arkalochori. At least nine people have been injured and are being treated in hospitals and health centers.

The Mediterranean region is no stranger to earthquakes. A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Greece in March, not far from the regional capital of Larissa.

Meanwhile, an earthquake measuring as high as 7.0 by the United States Geological Survey struck the Aegean Sea at the end of October last year affecting Turkey and Greece. More than 800 people were injured and at least 27 people lost their lives, mainly affecting the Turkish port of Izmir. On the Greek island of Samos, two teenagers were killed.

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A building collapsed in Izmir after an earthquake struck the Aegean Sea. © Reuters / Tuncay Dersinlioglu
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