Greece Declare State of Emergency in Lesbos by Earthquake

13 June 2017
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The Greek government declared a state of emergency on the island of Lesbos, affected by a earthquake of 6.1 degree on the Richter scale that killed one at least.

The quake, which also left a dozen injured and 800 homeless, occurred the day before and caused serious damage to homes in 12 villages on the eastern Aegean island, according to regional government officials, according to Prensa Latina.

Spyros Galinos, mayor of Lesbos, told the media that the area seemed to be ‘flattened by bombs’.

Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis promised to rebuild the town of Vrisa, one of the most affected, after visiting it Tuesday.

Officials estimate that 75 percent of the buildings in that area were affected.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras noted that the safety of people in Lesbos and the neighboring island of Chios was essential.

The shock was felt in Athens, in more distant cities like Istanbul and the entire Turkish west coast, in front of the district of Smyrna.

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