‘Terrifying’ Crete earthquake was ‘worst in five years’ says Glasgow girl in Greece

Travellers in tears over earthquake in Crete

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Speaking to GlasgowLive, Lucy Semple, 31, said the earthquake was the “worst in five years”. The Glaswegian local lives in Crete with her dog and said “everyone is nervous” as the aftershocks keep coming.

Lucy said: “The earthquake was really scary and the worst I’ve felt in five years living here. We have been getting small earthquakes all summer but this one was the worst.”

Lucy was at home at the time of the quake. She added: “It lasted for around 20 seconds and the whole house was shaking.

“All my cupboard doors and balcony doors were rattling and you could hear everything moving.

“My dog was terrified too. It was my day off so I wasn’t long woken up. As soon as I realised what was happening I ran out the door to go outside.

“We have been feeling aftershocks all day, more than 25. One of the aftershocks was 4.6 magnitude yesterday and another today of 5.4.”

She said emergency alerts have been sent out to every mobile in the area and people are trying to “continue as normal”.

Lucy said: “Everybody is nervous as aftershocks keep continuing.And there is also the news that someone has died and some people are missing.

“Schools are closed for the next few days to carry out structural checks and any other buildings that have been damaged.

“I know some people in the village who lost their family homes. Lots of tourists are here, so many workers are trying to continue as normal.

“It’s times like now I wish to be close to my family as it’s only me and my dog here, but we will be fine.

“We will get through it, like the Cretans always do.” Tourists on the island have been advised to follow local advice.

The UK Government website said: “The British Embassy is monitoring reports of an earthquake in Crete.

“You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities, and be aware of the possibilities of aftershocks.”

A man was killed when the dome of a church undergoing renovation caved in when the earthquake struck.

Many buildings were damaged while others were reduced to rubble from the force of the quake.

Local media has reported that emergency operations are now underway with members of Greece’s disaster team joining the search with rescue dogs.

Both Greece and Turkey suffer from frequent earthquakes as they are located on fault lines.

Tents have been set up for those who are unable to return to their homes. Anyone who’s home has been damaged is advised to remain outside.

Hospital officials have said 20 people are being treated for injuries sustained in the devastating quake.

There has been no serious damage to hotels on Crete reported although some tourists told of glasses smashing and other small incidents.

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