6.2-magnitude quake rocks western Turkey, Greek island


An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck near the coast of western Turkey at 3:28 p.m. local time on June 12, shaking buildings in the Aegean province of İzmir and rattling areas close to the region, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced.

The epicenter of the quake was located 22.98 kilometers of the Karaburun district in İzmir at a depth of 6.96 kilometers, AFAD said.

Two aftershocks further hit the district, the first at a magnitude of 4.9 at 3:35 p.m. local time, and the second at a magnitude of 4.5 at 3:47 p.m. local time.

Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory and the Earthquake Research Institute initially announced the size of the first quake as 6.3, but then revised it to 6.0 later on in the day, indicating that the quake hit a depth of 10 kilometers.

On the other hand, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said on its website that the epicenter of the quake was located some 84 kilometers northwest of İzmir and announced the magnitude as 6.3.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the epicenter of the quake was in the Aegean Sea, 11 kilometers south of Plomari, a village on the southern coast of Lesbos.

The mayor of Plomari, Manolis Armenakas, told ERT state television: “We have damage to several buildings, old and new. We are now evaluating the damage.”

The Greek Institute of Geodynamics also confirmed the quake shook the eastern Aegean, close to the Samos and Lesbos Islands.