Woman Dead After 6.2 on Richter Scale Earthquake Hits Lesbos, Leaves 10 Injured (Video, Photos)

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 shook the Greek island of Lesbos, Turkey’s coast on Monday, injuring at least 10 people. Photo: Eurokinissi

MYTILENE, Greece – Just moments ago, at 13:20 PM, a 45 year-old woman was pulled dead from the debris, acording to ANA. The members of the Fire Department who had been working at the scene, found the deceased woman.

The mayor of the Greek island of Lesbos says one woman has been found dead after her house collapsed following a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, Associated Press reports.

Spyros Galinos says the woman was found in the southern village of Vrisa, which was badly affected by Monday’s earthquake.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 damaged scores of homes on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos Monday, injuring at least ten people. It was also felt in western Turkey, including in Constantinople, and on neighboring islands.

Rescue crews were struggling to pull the 45-year-old woman out of her collapsed house in the village of Vrisa, in southern Lesvos, on Monday night.

According to Lesvos mayor Spyros Galinos, who was present at the scene, the firefighting crews were trying to remove the rubble and reach the spot where the woman has been trapped.

Nine in 10 of the older houses in the village have collapsed or suffered major damage in the 6.1-Richter earthquake that shook the island of Lesvos on Monday afternoon, local resident Stelios Panselinas told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA). Apart from the woman who is trapped under the rubble, he reported, the rest of the village’s 800 residents had been evacuated.

“All the old buildings have fallen and only the new buildings are saved,” Panselinas said.

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According to Lesvos Deputy Mayor for Environment and Civil Protection Nikos Karasavvas, the village has suffered “total destruction” and even the buildings still standing “have serious and visible problems”.
Karasavvas also reported several injured in the village, saying that these were are being taken to the Polichnitou Health Centre and Mytiline Hospital.

The governor of Greece’s north Aegean region told state-run ERT television that “we’re using all the resources we have to help the people in southern Lesbos.”

“The information we have is that there are 10 injuries,” Christiana Kalogirou said. “The army is also helping, and will provide tents for people remaining outside their homes. They will be able to stay in sports facilities.”

A woman clears her shop after an earthquake in the village of Plomari on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Monday, June 12, 2017. (Manolis Lagoutaris/InTime News via AP)

The worst damage was reported in the southern village of Vrisa — where at least 10 people were injured. Firefighters freed an elderly couple from a damaged home and were struggling to get a trapped woman out of another house in the village. Several old buildings collapsed, and rubble blocked roads in Vrisa.

Lesbos authorities said homes were also damaged in the village of Plomari and some roads were closed. No severe damage was reported on nearby islands.

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

Authorities in Lesbos said dozens of homes were damaged in parts of the island and some roads were closed.

Damage to a building caused by an earthquake in the village of Vrissa on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Monday, June 12, 2017. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 shook western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, injuring several people and damaging buildings, authorities said. (AP Photo/Apostolis Paraskevopoulos)

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

State-run radio in Greece said hundreds of residents left buildings and waited out in the street in Lesbos’ capital, Mytilene. There was no reported damage or injuries at refugee camps on Lesbos or the nearby island of Chios. Both islands saw a major influx of migrants leaving from Turkey in 2015, and about 8,000 remain in limbo in Lesbos and Chios as they await news on their asylum applications.

Talking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, seismologist Gerasimos Chouliaras said the focal depth of the earthquake is calculated at roughly 10 km, meaning that it is a surface tremor and is expected to produce a number of aftershocks.

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According to initial reports from the island, the quake has caused damage to buildings in the south and the collapse of old houses in the village of Plomari, as well as the dome on Agios Panteleimonas Church. The central road from Mytilene to Plomari and Melinta is closed due to rockfall near Agios Isidoros while Plomari Deputy Mayor Manolis Armenakas said damage has been reported in the village of Plagia.

Chios Mayor Manolis Vournous, whose island was also severely jolted by the tremor, said that no significant damage has been reported, only minor damage in the main town and the village of Kampos.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management said that the earthquake was in the Aegean Sea at a depth of seven kilometers (more than four miles) and hit at 3:28 p.m. (1228 GMT). Tremors were also felt in densely-populated Istanbul and in the western Turkish provinces of Izmir.

Earthquakes are frequent in Greece and Turkey, which are on active fault lines. Two devastating earthquakes hit northwestern Turkey in 1999, killing around 18,000 people. Experts in both countries said more aftershocks are to be expected.

Senior Greek government officials, seismologists and response teams are heading from the capital, Athens, to Lesbos to assess the damage.

Damage to a building caused by an earthquake in the village of Vrissa on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Monday, June 12, 2017. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 shook western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, injuring several people and damaging buildings, authorities said. (AP Photo/Apostolis Paraskevopoulos)

Turkey’s emergency management agency said there were no reports of casualties and has dispatched emergency and health teams, and 240 family tents to the area as a precaution.

In Turkey, 61-year old Ayse Selvi felt the tremors in her summer home in Karaburun near the quake’s epicenter.

“My God, all the picture frames fell on the ground and I have no idea how I ran out. I’m scared to go inside now.”

Her sister, Seval Isci, 57, was ironing at home in Izmir when the earthquake hit and left her home along with the other residents of the building when the first aftershock hit.

“We were really scared,” she said.

Private Dogan news agency showed residents in western Turkey leaving buildings.

Private Dogan news agency showed residents in western Turkey leaving buildings.

State-run radio in Greece said hundreds of residents left buildings and waited out in the street in Lesbos’ capital, Mytilene.

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 shook the Greek island of Lesbos, Turkey’s coast on Monday, injuring at least 10 people. Photo: Eurokinissi/
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 shook the Greek island of Lesbos, Turkey’s coast on Monday, injuring at least 10 people. Photo: Eurokinissi
A woman clears her shop after an earthquake in the village of Plomari on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Monday, June 12, 2017. A Turkish government agency says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 has shaken western Turkey. The Greek island of Lesbos has also been rattled. (Manolis Lagoutaris/InTime News via AP)
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 shook the Greek island of Lesbos, Turkey’s coast on Monday, injuring at least 10 people. Photo: Eurokinissi/

Apostolis Paraskevopoulos 发布于 2017年6月12日

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 shook the Greek island of Lesbos, Turkey’s coast on Monday, injuring at least 10 people. Photo: Eurokinissi/

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