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23:07Earthquake Kills One Person on Greek Island of Lesvos

23:07Earthquake Kills One Person on Greek Island of Lesvos

A woman died on the Greek island Lesbos Monday when an natural disaster with a magnitude of at least 6.2 struck off the coast of western Turkey.

The epicenter of the quake was located around 84 kilometers (52 miles) west of the coastal Turkish city of Izmir, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said on its website.

Tremors were felt in the coastal city of Izmir, some 330 km away in Istanbul as well as in the provinces of Canakkale and Bursa.

The quake also rattled the eastern Aegean close to the Samos and Lesbos Islands. "But I would like to remind that we should be prepared all the while regarding this issue", he said.

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Greek television stations reported some structural damage in the town of Plomari on Lesbos.

The governor of Greece's north Aegean region, Christiana Kalogirou, said: 'We're using all the resources we have to help the people in southern Lesbos.

The Associated Press reports the worst damage caused by the quake was in the village of Vrisa.

Turkey is among one of the world's most seismically active countries as it is situated on a number of active fault lines, with the most potentially devastating one being the Northern Anatolia Fault (NAF), where the Anatolian and Eurasian plates meet.

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Senior seismologist Efthimios Lekkas said: "We are advising residents in affected areas of Lesbos to remain outdoors until buildings can be inspected".

This year alone, Turkey's western Aegean coast was hit by several earthquakes of up to 5.5 magnitude, which brought back memories of past deadly earthquakes.

A 57-year-old woman was pulled out of the remains of her home hours after the quake struck. I'm scared to go inside now'. "The aftereffects will definitely not be over 6.2 magnitude", he added. In 1999, a huge quake near the northwestern city of Izmit - east of Istanbul - killed more than 17,000 people.

In 1999, two massive earthquakes killed about 20,000 people in the northwest of Turkey.

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