A strong earthquake of 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred at 09:17 in eastern Crete, 27.7 km southeast of Heraklion.
The quake was particularly felt on the island of Crete, with reports of buildings collapsing, significant damage to water, electricity and road networks when rocks fell.
Not long ago, a man was found dead who was working in a church that had completely collapsed.
According to the mayor of Archanes Asterousia, Manolis Kokossalis, as reported by AMNA, in the widest area of his administrative district, schools have been evacuated, while a check on the condition of school buildings has already begun. All authorities are on alert, focusing on the Arkalochori area where significant damage and church demolition has been recorded.
Civil protection units were sent urgently to the scene to assist in rescue efforts and to record the damage.
The main quake was followed by the largest earthquakes 4.5 on the Richter scale.