Earthquake Strikes Turkey, Greece; Damage Heaviest in Lesbos

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An earthquake off the western coast of Turkey caused damage on the Greek island of Lesbos, killing one and injuring 10 people, ABC News reports. The southern village of Vrisa on Lesbos was hit worst by the quake, which was also felt in Istanbul and the western Turkish province of Izmir

According to Deutsche Welle, the earthquake damaged a church steeple in Plomari, Lesbos, and caused cracks to appear in the walls of several houses. Some roads were also blocked by landslides. The island of Samos, Greece, as well as Athens, also felt tremors. 

According to The Independent, the 6.3 magnitude earthquake was centered off the western coast of Turkey and between the islands of Lesbos and Chinos, Greece. There were no reports of casualties in Turkey. 

“We are advising residents in affected areas of Lesbos to remain outdoors until buildings can be inspected,” senior seismologist Efthimios Lekkas told Deutsche Welle. 

“We will be seeing the aftershocks of this in the coming hours, days and weeks,” Haluk Ozener, head of Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory, told Deutsche Welle. 

According to Deutsche Welle, both Turkey and Greece sit on active fault lines that have produced earthquakes regularly over the past few years. A 1999 earthquake centered near Izmit, which is east of Istanbul, killed over 17,000 people. 

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