In response to an earthquake that triggered a hazardous rockslide, local officials on the Greek island of Crete have issued a temporary closure order for renowned mountain gorges frequented by hikers and tourists.
The rockslide caused significant harm to a Spanish tourist, prompting authorities to take action.
The decision to close the Samaria gorge, situated in the southwestern region of Crete, as well as several other gorges within the White Mountain range, was made on Monday, according to Ekathimerini.
This measure was taken following a magnitude 4.9 earthquake that jolted the area the day prior.
As a result of the tremor, over 600 individuals were evacuated from the 16-kilometer (10-mile) Samaria hiking trail on Sunday.
A Spanish hiker, aged 45, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to a state hospital in Chania, a port city. Medical professionals disclosed that the hiker’s right leg had to be amputated, and he remains in critical condition.
Authorities of the regional government, headquartered in Chania, are set to determine later on Monday whether the closure should be extended until Wednesday, which is a public holiday.
The Samaria Gorge, encompassing a part of a natural reserve, is accessible to tourists for a span of six months each year, starting from May, and is shut down during adverse weather conditions.