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Strong Earthquake Above 6.0 on Richter Scale Rocks Lesbos

Baku, June 12, AZERTAC

A strong earthquake measuring at least 6.1 on the Richter scale shook the northeastern Aegean island of Lesvos at 15:28 on Monday, as measured by the Geodynamic Institute in Athens, or 6.3 on the Richter scale according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

According the National Herald, the epicentre of the quake was located in the sea 14 km south of Plomari and 34 km from Mytilene, between the island and the coast of Turkey, while it was felt as far away as Attica.

The first powerful quake was almost immediately followed by a lighter aftershock measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale at 15:35 with roughly the same epicentre, located 15km south of Plomari.

Gerasimos Chouliaras said the focal depth of the earthquake is calculated at roughly 10 km, meaning that it is a surface tremor and is expected to produce a number of aftershocks.

Chios Mayor Manolis Vournous, whose island was also severely jolted by the tremor, said that no significant damage has been reported, only minor damage in the main town and the village of Kampos.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management said that the earthquake was in the Aegean Sea at a depth of seven kilometers (more than four miles) and hit at 3:28 p.m. (1228 GMT). Tremors were also felt in densely-populated Istanbul and in the western Turkish provinces of Izmir.

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