Powerful earthquake rattles Turkey, Greek island

Gladys Abbott
June 12, 2017

A 6.3 magnitude natural disaster has struck Turkey, according to the Kandilli Observatory and the quake Research Institute.

The quake was also felt on the Greek island of Lesbos, where small landslides and damage were reported by ERT.

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

AFAD stated that there were at least sixteen aftershocks, with the largest ones measuring in at magnitude 4.0, 4.5 and 4.9. Tremors were felt in densely populated Istanbul and in the western Turkish provinces of Izmir.

"My God, all the picture frames fell on the ground and I have no idea how I ran out".

Didem Eris, 50, a dentist who works in Izmir's Karsiyaka district said: "The trembling was really bad".

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Her sister Seval Isci, 57, was ironing at home in Izmir when the quake hit and left her home along with the other residents of the building when the first aftershock hit.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage, the fire brigade said.

State-run radio in Greece said hundreds of residents left buildings and waited out in the street in Lesbos' capital, Mytilene.

This year alone, Turkey's western Aegean coast was hit by several earthquakes of up to 5.5 magnitude, which brought back memories of past deadly earthquakes.

The NAF, a strike-slip fault formed as the Anatolian plate was being pushed northwestwards by the Arabian plate, has produced devastating earthquakes throughout history, with the most recent ones being magnitude 7.4 and 7.2 earthquakes in northwestern Izmit and Düzce provinces in August and December 1999.

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