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One dead after strong quake strikes Greece, Turkey

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 00:47

A t least one person is reported dead after a powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the western coast of Turkey and the Greek island of Lebos on Monday. Officials say at least ten people were injured. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the western coast of Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday (June 12), killing one woman and rattling buildings from the Aegean Turkish province of Izmir to the Greek capital Athens. The epicentre of the quake was about 84 km (52 miles) northwest of the Turkish coastal city of Izmir, in the sea south of the Greek island of Lesbos. The National Observatory of Athens put it slightly lower, at 6.1. Extensive damage was reported at a village on the Greek island of Lesbos, which was at the forefront of a migration crisis two years ago when hundreds of thousands of war refugees landed there seeking a gateway into Europe. Collapsed buildings, piles of rubble and debris blocked the narrow streets of Vrissa, a community of around 600 people to the south of the island. A woman, believed to be about 60, was crushed by the roof of her home and died, the island's mayor said. Local officials said at least 10 people were injured. A local fire brigade official said tens of brick houses had collapsed in the village and several roads were blocked. Major geological fault lines cross the region and small earthquakes are common, though anything higher than 5.5 is rare. Anything exceeding that is capable of causing extensive damage.

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One dead after strong quake strikes Greece, Turkey

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 00:47