Crete earthquake leaves holidays ruined and British tourists ‘in tears’

Good Morning Britain’s meteorologist Laura Tobin undated ITV viewers on the earthquakes which Crete has been experiencing overnight. Presenter Susanna Reid also read a tweet out from a British holidaymaker whose family had been left in tears by the sudden movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates. 

Laura explained: “11 o’clock yesterday evening – UK time – and there has been about six in the last 12 hours. 

“They started around 2.7 and then they went around 3.2 and then progressively every hour they’ve been having one, until this big one which happened 7:15 UK time, then since then, there’s been another one, 3.7 and 4.7 magnitude. 

“But it’s thought that after shocks from the big one that happened itself.” 

A video was then played showing some of the damage that the earthquakes had caused: “This looks like a supermarket, things have fallen down, lights have fallen down, things have fallen off shelves. 

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“The buildings there would be built with earthquakes in mind, but an earthquake of this magnitude, particularly with these aftershocks will have much more damage, particularly as it struck during the night time, we’ll be seeing more damage throughout the day. 

“There will definitely be more tremors as we head through the rest of the day.” 

Susanna then said: “Twitter user Pete Goodwin said: ‘Just packing to fly home.’ Because of course, hugely popular tourist designation, concerning for residents, tourists and visitors, anyone in Crete at the moment. 

“‘Just packing to fly home. Just experienced a very strong earth tremor/earthquake in Crete!!

Crete is the largest and most populous of all the Greek Islands. 

It has a population of more than 634,000, according to EU data.

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