ATHENS — An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit Greece’s Eastern Aegean Sea on Monday, with at least 10 people slightly injured and a woman trapped inside her house on the Lesvos Island, according to Greece state television ERT.
The earthquake also caused damages to some old houses on Lesvos as well as the nearby Chios Island.
The Athens Institute of Geodynamics said the epicenter of the earthquake was at sea, about 45km south from Lesvos Island.
According to local media, there are reports of damages and collapse of old houses in the villages of Plomari and Vrisa in the southern part of Lesvos.
The strong tremor, which hit in early afternoon, was felt in Athens. There are aftershocks measuring from 4.6 to 3.6 on Richter scale.
Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection Nikos Toskas and General Secretary of civil protection Giannis Kapakis have headed to Lesvos with helicopter to coordinate rescue efforts, according to Greece’s national news agency AMNA.
Along with them were officers from Greece’s Special Disaster Response Unit (EMAK). Xinhua-northboundasia.com