Commissioner Lenarčič says EU can mobilize assistance for Crete earthquake, “if needed”

Crete Earthquake Lenarcic

The European Union is ready to mobilize international help if necessary, following an earthquake on Crete, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič said in a tweet on Tuesday.

“Following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the island of Crete, Greece this morning, the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre has been in contact with the Greek civil protection authorities. We stand ready to mobilise international assistance, if necessary,” Lenarčič said.

Shipping and Island Policy Minister Giannis Plakiotakis visited Sitia, Crete, on Wednesday in order to inspect the areas affected by yesterday’s earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale.

The quake had a focal depth of 8.2 km and occurred in the sea area southeast of Ierapetra.

READ MORE: Small church collapses after devastating 6.3-magnitude earthquake shakes Crete.