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1990

6.3 earthquake strikes Aegean Sea, 1 person killed on Lesbos

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3, at a depth of approximately 10km, has struck off the coast of western Turkey. Effects of the quake have been felt in the cities of Izmir and as far away as Athens in Greece, according to the European Earthquake monitor, EMSC.

Witnesses said they felt a strong quake as “everyone ran outside,” with one describing it as the biggest they ever felt in Turkey. A woman on the island of Lesbos was killed after the roof of her home collapsed during the quake. 

Other earthquake monitoring agencies issued preliminary reports of a tremor of varying magnitude, with the USGS alerting a 6.3 and the Greek Geodynamics Institute posting a 6.1 quake.


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