At approximately 15:28 (local time) on Monday, June 12, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the island of Lesbos, injuring at least ten people in Vrisa and damaging multiple buildings. A number of road closures have been implemented as a result of the damage.
The earthquake's epicenter was in the Aegean Sea at a depth of 4 mi (7 km). At least 25 aftershocks were recorded.
The earthquake also affected parts of western Turkey, including Izmir province, although no casualties or damages have been reported by Turkish authorities. Further details are still emerging.
Earthquakes are frequent in Greece and Turkey, which both sit on active fault lines.
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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