Turkey

6.2-magnitude earthquake hits western Turkey

No casualities reported so far in Izmir province; 1 dead on Lesbos island

12.06.2017
6.2-magnitude earthquake hits western Turkey

By Enes Duran and Ramazan Ercan

ANKARA 

An earthquake 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).

The quake struck Izmir's Karaburun district at 3.28 p.m. local time (1228GMT) at a depth of 22.98 kilometers (14 miles), the authority said.

AFAD Izmir Director Osman Metin Saroglu said no causalities have been reported so far.

Suha Ozden, vice rector at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University and Faculty of Engineering Geology Department professor, warned about quake aftershocks.

"As it is the nature of every earthquake, we can experience aftershocks that can range between 4.9 and 5.2 magnitude in the upcoming days," Ozden said.

"The earthquake we experienced today was a principal earthquake. The aftereffects will definitely not be over 6.2 magnitude," he added.

In late May, an earthquake measuring 5.1 magnitude hit western Manisa province; no causalities were reported in that incident.

Greece was also reportedly affected by an earthquake that struck between the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios on Monday afternoon.

One woman who had been trapped was found dead in the village of Virsa, said the mayor, as landslides in southern part of Lesbos ended up blocking some roads and damaging old buildings. 

According to the Greek Civil Protection, 12 people also sustained minor injuries in Virsa.

*Idyli Tsakiri contributed to this report from Greece. 


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