Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hits Turkey, Greek island

Lesbos: An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 hit the Aegean coast of western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

The USGS further said that the epicentre of the quake was in the Aegean Sea, 11 kilometres south of Plomari, a village on the southern coast of Lesbos. The mayor of Plomari, Manolis Armenakas, told ERT state television: “We have damage to several buildings, old and new. We are now evaluating the damage,” reports IndianExpress.

The earthquake was also strongly felt in the Karaburun district of Turkey’s Izmir Province, as well as in Athens, Greece, reporters said. However, there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in Turkey.

Turkey’s western Aegean coast was struck by many earthquakes of magnitudes up to 5.5. On August 17, 1999, a huge earthquake of 7.0 magnitude had hit the city of Izmir and killed over 17,000 people.