An enormous 6.3 magnitude earthquake has rattled Turkey along its Western Coast and the Island of Lesbos in Greece. Dozens of buildings within the Aegean Turkish province of Izmir have been destroyed as well as devastation to the Greek capital Athens.
Seismologists EMSC European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre have said the epicenter is at least 84 km (52 miles) to the Northwest along the Turkish Coast in the ancient city of Izmir as well as extending around 15 km South of Lesbos. The posted on its website. However, the National Observatory of Athens reduced the magnitude at 6.1 as of their scales.
Incredible damages have been reported in the village on Lesbos. Lesbos has already suffered from the economic turmoil of a migration crisis two years ago where several hundreds of thousands of refugees from war-torn regions flocked to seeking a safe zone into Europe.
Footage from the area shows buildings rubble collapsed across the streets at Vrisa, a community of around 600 people to the south of the island.
The divisional commander of the fire brigades Marios Apostolides said, “Tens of buildings have collapsed and roads are blocked off.” Another interview with Didem Eris, a 50-year-old dentist in Izmir's Karsiyaka District stated “The trembling was really bad. Everything in my clinic started shaking wildly, we all ran outside with the patients. We are very used to earthquakes as people of Izmir but this one was different. I thought to myself that this time we were going to die."
Hall Ozener, head of Turkey's Kandilli Observatory is on the record stating” We will be seeing the aftershocks of this in the coming hours, days and weeks. The aftershocks could have magnitudes of up to 5.5.”
In the last major catastrophic quake of 2011, over 600 people died in Turkey's eastern province of Van. The quake at the time was of a 7.2 magnitude. What was far more devastating was the aftershocks. As far back as 1999, two separate gigantic earthquakes killed around 20,000 people in the overpopulated Northwest of the country.
Several videos and images of the devastation have appeared on social media throughout the region. Abrupt displacement from the aftermath is almost certain in a region already consumed by refugee madness and economic uncertainty. At least one confirmed fatality has been announced however with so much destruction to sift through it's premature to assume there will not be more casualties.