HERAKLION, Crete: The southern Greek island of Crete was hit by a strong aftershock, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3, one day after an earthquake killed one person and injured several others.
The epicenter of Tuesday morning’s aftershock, the strongest of dozens that hit the island, was 22 kilometers southeast of Heraklion, Crete’s main city and fourth largest in Greece, said the Athens Geodynamic Institute.
On Monday, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Crete, creating panic in the streets, damaging homes, causing rockslides and killing one person when a church collapsed.
Monday’s temblor was "most probably the main earthquake," and such events are followed by "intense seismic activity" in the form of aftershocks, according to a statement issued by the Greek Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Ministry.
The area’s residents were also advised by the ministry to avoid slightly damaged buildings and follow the instructions of authorities.
Many local residents spent the night in tents set up by authorities, as many homes were damaged by the first earthquake.
Greece, which is located in a seismically active region, experiences hundreds of earthquakes annually, but most are minor and cause no damage or injuries.