6.3 magnitude earthquake in western coast of Turkey rattled buildings

Vastavam web: In western coast of Turkey and the Greek a powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake island of Lesbos rattling buildings from Izmir to Greece’s capital.The epicentre of the quake was about 84 km (52 miles) northwest of the Turkish coastal city of Izmir, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said on its website.TV footage showed collapsed buildings and debris blocking narrow streets at Vrisa, a community of around 600 people to the south of the island.”Tens of buildings have collapsed and roads are blocked off,” said Marios Apostolides, the divisional commander of the fire brigade.

The quake was felt as far away as the Greek capital of Athens, some 367 km (228 miles) southwest of the island.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. Everything in my clinic started shaking wildly, we all ran outside with the patients,” said Didem Eris, a 50-year-old dentist in Izmir’s Karsiyaka district.Social media users who said they were in western Turkey reported a strong and sustained tremor.