Earthquake after Earthquake as M6.0 earthquake hits Crete in Greece and Magnitude 5.7 jolted Philippines

ATHENS, Sept 27 (The Remnants) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 shook Greece’s largest island, Crete, on Monday morning, killing one person and injuring several, authorities said.

The tremor sent people fleeing out of homes, schools and public buildings across the island. Damage was reported to many old buildings close to the epicentre, in the east of the island.

The Greek infrastructure ministry said it had sent a group of civil engineers to assess the structural damage and assist in relief efforts.

A man died when the dome of a small chapel in the town of Arkalochori, some 30 km (20 miles) outside Crete’s main city Heraklion, caved in during renovation works, a police official said. The church was largely reduced to rubble.

Civil protection authorities said nine people were injured in the quake, which damaged mainly old, unοccupied buildings in the wider Arkalochori region.

A camera operator films amid the rubble of a demolished church following an earthquake, in the town of Arkalochori on the island of Crete, Greece, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Stefanos Rapanis
A camera operator films amid the rubble of a demolished church following an earthquake, in the town of Arkalochori

Nevertheless many people in Heraklion rushed outdoors. Schoolchildren were told to leave their classrooms, gathering in schoolyards and town squares.

Supermarket shelves were toppled or emptied by the tremor. Schools in the Heraklion region were closed for the day.

A civil protection official said hotel rooms would be made available for people needing to stay outside their homes overnight, and 2,500 tents would also be put up.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute put the quake’s magnitude at 5.8 and said it was centred at a depth of 10 km, with an epicentre 23 km (14 miles) northwest of Arvi in southeastern Crete.

Earlier, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) had measured the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.5, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put it at 6.0.

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits south of Philippines capital

(1st UPDATE) Phivolcs warns that damage and aftershocks are expected from the earthquake that struck 1:12 am on Monday, September 27

The epicentre of the earthquake was in Occidental Mindoro province.

An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 has struck south of the Philippines capital, Manila.

The deep quake struck off Batangas province on Luzon island at 1:12am (17:12 GMT), with residents in the nearby capital of Manila woken by their buildings shaking.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake struck at a depth of 74km (46 miles).

The epicentre of the earthquake was in Occidental Mindoro province.

Authorities near the epicentre said they had not received any reports of damage.

“It was really strong,” Jose Clyde Yayong, a disaster officer in Tagaytay city in the neighbouring province of Cavite said. “So far there are no untoward incidents relating to the earthquake.”

Leonardo Tristan, a disaster officer in Looc town on Occidental Mindoro island, said the force of the quake sent some residents rushing outside.

“My wife was shouting ‘there’s an earthquake’,” Tristan told AFP news agency.

The Philippines is regularly rocked by quakes due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

The following intensities were recorded:

Intensity IV (shaking is moderately strong, felt generally by people indoors and by some people outdoors)

  • Calatagan, Lian, Lipa City, Malvar, and Nasugbu, Batangas
  • Malolos City and Obando, Bulacan
  • Cavite City, General Trias City, Naic, Amadeo, Bacoor City, Dasmariñas City, Tagaytay City, and Tanza, Cavite
  • Biñan City and Cabuyao City, Laguna
  • Las Piñas City, Malabon City, Mandaluyong City, City of Manila, Marikina City, Muntinlupa City, Parañaque City, San Juan City, Taguig City, and Pateros, Metro Manila
  • Abra de Ilog, Looc, Lubang, and Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro
  • Baco, Naujan, and Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
  • San Mateo and Taytay, Rizal

Intensity III (shaking is weak, but felt by many people indoors and some may experience dizziness or nausea)

  • Santo Tomas, Batangas
  • Makati City, Pasay City, Pasig City, Quezon City, and Valenzuela City, Metro Manila
  • Antipolo City, Rizal
  • Santa Cruz, Occidental Mindoro
  • Socorro, Oriental Mindoro

Intensity II (shaking is slightly felt by few individuals at rest indoors)

  • Los Baños, Laguna
  • Palayan City, Nueva Ecija

Intensity I (shaking is scarcely perceptible)

  • Arayat, Pampanga