Strong earthquake strikes western Turkey

A strong earthquake has struck off the Aegean coast of western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos, with tremors felt in Istanbul and Athens.

The epicentre of the 6.3 magnitude quake was 5km (3 miles) south of the Greek town of Plomari, south of Lesbos, the US Geological Survey said.

Several buildings in the town were damaged, the mayor said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Turkey and Greece sit on significant fault lines and earthquakes are common.

“The trembling was really bad. Everything in my clinic started shaking wildly, we all ran outside with the patients.

“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.” Didem Eris, a 50-year-old dentist in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir, told reporters.


Zainab Sa’id