Sunday 17 December 2017

Woman crushed to death by roof as earthquake rocks Greek island killing one as houses collapse

Rescue team members search for victims at a collapsed building in the village of Vrissa on the Greek island of Lesbos, Greece, after a strong earthquake shook the eastern Aegean, June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Rescue team members search for victims at a collapsed building in the village of Vrissa on the Greek island of Lesbos, Greece, after a strong earthquake shook the eastern Aegean, June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Jonathan Gray in Lesbos

A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the western coast of Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos yesterday, killing one woman and rattling buildings from the Aegean Turkish province of Izmir to the Greek capital Athens.

The epicentre of the quake was about 84km northwest of the Turkish coastal city of Izmir and 15km south of Lesbos, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said on its website.

Extensive damage was reported at a village on Lesbos.

TV footage showed collapsed buildings and debris blocking narrow streets at Vrisa, a community of around 600 people to the south of the island.

"Tens of buildings have collapsed and roads are blocked off," said Marios Apostolides, the divisional commander of the fire brigade.

A woman, believed to be about 60, was crushed by the roof of her home and died, the island's mayor said.

Local officials said that at least 10 people had been injured.

The earthquake was felt as far away as the Greek capital of Athens, some 367km southwest of the island.

Irish Independent

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