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One dead and more than 12 injured after 6.3 Richter earthquake in Lesvos

The epicentre of the quake was in the Aegean sea 11 kilometres south of Plomari village

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Fire Department rescue team look for survivors, trapped in a collapsed house in the village of Vryssa after a strong earthquake struck Lesvos island, in Greece, 12 June 2017. A strong earthquake measuring at least 6.1 on the Richter scale shook Lesvos island at 15:28 (local time) as measured by the Geodynamic Institute in Athens, or 6.3 on the Richter scale according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). 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. According to initial reports from the island, the quake has caused damage to buildings in the south and the collapse of old houses in the village of Plomari, as well as the dome on Agios Panteleimonas Church. The central road from Mytilene to Plomari and Melinta is closed due to rockfall near Agios Isidoros while Plomari Deputy Mayor Manolis Armenakas said damage has been reported in the village of Plagia. Photo: AAP via EPA/STR

13 June 2017

A 45-year-old woman died and 12 people were injured last night in Lesvos island, Greece, when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Aegean sea, 11 kilometres off the coast of Plomari.

The South of the island and especially Vryssa village were impacted the most, with debris from many single and two-level homes clogging the streets. The tremor was felt all the way to Athens but mainly in Chios island and Izmir. 

"It's a difficult situation, we are facing a disaster," Christiana Kalogirou, governor of the north Aegean region, told National Greek TV channel ERT.

"Some 10 people are injured. The army is bringing in tents so people can spend the night."

Lesvos Deputy Mayor Manolis Armenakas also spoke to ERT, reporting major damages to several buildings, both old and new.

People carry their belongings amidst the rubble of collapsed houses in the village of Vryssa.

The woman that lost her life in Vryssa, had been trapped for around seven hours in the ruins of her home.

"Our fellow citizen who was trapped in the house that collapsed in Vrisa was pulled out dead," Lesvos mayor Spyros Galinos said in a tweet. The earthquake also struck the Aegean coast of western Turkey after 1200 GMT.

Several aftershocks have been reported since the 6.3 R earthquake that according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute had a depth of only 10 kilometres.

"If this quake had happened on land the consequences would have been far greater," said seismologist Costas Papazachos.

Lesser damage was reported on Chios and there were no reports of damage or casualties at the refugee camps in the east and north of Lesvos.

Fire department rescue team rest on the ruins of a collapsed house in the village of Vryssa.

Meanwhile, Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek has called for an immediate investigation into "seismic research vessels" in the Aegean Sea following Monday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake which claimed one life.

“Now I think that this might be an artificial earthquake. I do not say it is certain but it is a very serious possibility,” Gökçek tweeted. “I say that it should definitely be investigated. Was there any seismic research ship sailing near the epicenter? If so, which country does it belong to?”

Fire Department rescue team carry the body of a dead woman who was trapped in a collapsed house in the village of Vryssa. Rescue workers reached the body of 45-year-old woman trapped under the rubble of a fallen house in Vryssa, Lesvos following 12 June's destructive earthquake but she was already dead, authorities reported. Fire brigade rescue crews found her body at 20:20 on Monday night. Photo: AAP via EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

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