BRUSSELS — The president of the European Council Charles Michel on Friday expressed EU's readiness to offer help to the areas hit by the 6.7-Richter quake in the Aegean Sea on Friday. Specifically, in his statement, Michel said: "I am closely monitoring the developments after the strong quake that hit the Aegean, Greece and Turkey. My thoughts are with the people stricken by the quake. The EU is ready to offer assistance".
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 with an epicenter 13 kilometers (8 miles) north northeast of the Greek island of Samos. The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0. It is common for preliminary magnitudes to differ in the early hours and days after a quake. Multiple aftershocks struck the region.