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Greece: One dead after 6.2-magnitude earthquake in Lesbos June 12 /update 1

One killed, ten wounded after 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Lesbos on June 12

12 Jun 08:26 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 6/12/2017, 12:00 AM until 6/14/2017, 11:59 PM (Europe/Athens). COUNTRY/REGION Lesbos

Event

One person was reportedly killed as a result of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the island of Lesbos at approximately 15:28 (local time) on Monday, June 12. At least ten people in the southern village of Vrisa were injured, and numerous buildings have been damaged. A number of roads are closed due to debris.

The earthquake's epicenter was in the Aegean Sea at a depth of 4 mi (7 km).  At least 25 aftershocks were recorded, with magnitudes of up to 5.5.

The earthquake also affected parts of western Turkey, including Izmir province, although no casualties or damages have been reported by Turkish authorities.

Context

Earthquakes are frequent in Greece and Turkey, which both sit on active fault lines.

Advice

All those present in the region are advised to avoid impacted areas. After an earthquake, check for injuries and take note of your surroundings. If indoors, shut off the water, gas, and electricity lines, and evacuate the area. Aftershocks often follow an earthquake and can lead to further damages and loss of life. Individuals already present in areas affected by the earthquake are advised to follow all instructions issued by local authorities. Only use your telephone in case of urgency so as to leave communication lines open for emergency services. ​

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