By Olufunke Olorunfemi
Lesbos, (An24)- A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake off the western coast of Turkey and between the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chinos shook buildings from the Aegean Turkish province of Izmir to the Greek capital of Athens.
The epicentre of the quake was about 84 km (52 miles) northwest of the Turkish coastal city of Izmir, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said on its website.
Authorities in Lesbos said dozens of homes were damaged in parts of the island and some roads were closed, but there were no reports of serious injuries.
“We are advising residents in affected areas of Lesbos to remain outdoors until buildings can be inspected.” senior seismologist Efthimios Lekkas said.
Turkey’s emergency management agency said there were no reports of casualties in the country.
“The trembling was really bad. Everything in my clinic started shaking wildly, we all ran outside with the patients,” said Didem Eris, a 50-year-old dentist in Izmir’s Karsiyaka district.
“We are very used to earthquakes as people of Izmir but this one was different. I thought to myself that this time we were going to die.”
Social media users who said they were in western Turkey reported a strong and sustained tremor.
“We will be seeing the aftershocks of this in the coming hours, days and weeks,” said Haluk Ozener, head of Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory, noting that the aftershocks could have magnitudes of up to 5.5.