Strong Quake Jolts Turkey, Greek Island of Lesbos
The epicenter of the quake was about 52 miles northwest of Turkey’s coastal city of Izmir…. but the quake was felt as far as away as Athens.
The woman who died was pulled from the rubble of her house in a village on the island, the Greek news agency ANA-MPA reported.
A 6.2-magnitude natural disaster shook western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos at 3:28 p.m. (1228 GMT) on Monday, June 12, 2017.
The tremor mainly struck the village of Vrisa in southern Lesbos, leading to the destruction of “70 to 80 percent of the homes”, police minister Nikos Toskas told state radio ANA.
A strong 6.3-magnitude quake struck the Aegean coast of western Turkey on Monday, shaking buildings in the province of Izmir and rattling areas close to some Greeks islands.
Turkey is on major geological fault lines and the Anatolian heartland has suffered serious damage from earthquakes in recent years.
Spyros Galinos said the woman was found in the southern village of Vrisa, which was badly affected by Monday’s natural disaster.
The governor of Greece’s north Aegean region, Christiana Kalogirou, said: ‘We’re using all the resources we have to help the people in southern Lesbos. “We were really scared”, she said.
‘They will be able to stay in sports facilities’.
An quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale shook western Turkey’s Izmir province on Monday, according to the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in Turkey. Experts in both countries said more aftershocks are to be expected.
Lesser damage was reported on the neighbouring island Chios.