Athens, June 13: An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude shook the Western Turkey and Greece. At least 10 people were injured and one was declared dead in the natural calamity. The epicenter of the quake was about 84 km (52 miles) northwest of the Turkish coastal city of Izmir and 15 km south of Lesbos. The National Observatory of Athens put it slightly lower at 6.1.
Extensive damage was reported at a village on Lesbos, which was at the forefront of a migration crisis two years ago when hundreds of thousands of war refugees landed there seeking a gateway into Europe. The quake was felt as far away as the Greek capital of Athens, some 367 km (228 miles) southwest of the island.
An 50-year old dentist said, “The trembling was very bad. We are used to earthquakes as people of Izmir but this one was different. I thought to myself that this time we are going to die.”
Earthquakes are frequent in Greece and Turkey, which are on active fault lines. Two devastating earthquakes hit northwestern Turkey in 1999, killing around 18,000 people. Experts in both countries said more aftershocks are to be expected.