6.1 Richter Earthquake Causes Major Damages and Injuries

Monday, June 12th, 2017
Last Update: 18:48

There are at least eight wounded and major damages to houses after Monday morning’s 6.1-magnitude earthquake that occurred in a marine area between Lesvos and Chios.Two people have been injured in the village of Vrisa, one in Lisvori and one in Scala Polichnitos. The wounded have been transferred to Polichnitos Health Center but their condition is not a concern.

Major damages are reported in the village of Vrisa of Polichnitos in southern Lesvos. “Half of the village has been greatly damaged and many houses have collapsed,” said Nikos Karasavvas, the Deputy Mayor of Environment and Emergency of the Municipality of Lesvos. According to reports, many houses of the settlement have collapsed, with citizens reporting injuries in the area to the fire service of the island.

Several damages have also been reported in Plomari. According to Manolis Armenakas, president of the municipal department of Plomari, two dilapidated houses collapsed in the village and lighter damage occurred to several buildings. Both road accesses were closed; on the road to Mytilene, in the area of ​​Agios Isidoros, there was a landslide, and at the moment the municipality is working on the restoration of the traffic. There are even more serious issues on the provincial road of Plomari – Melida, where rocks have fallen — the removal of which will be very difficult.

On the island are the Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection Mr. Nikos Toskas, the General Secretary of Civil Protection Yannis Kapakis, the Chairman of the Organization of Earthquake Planning and Protection (OASP) Efthimis Lekkas as well as engineers and the team of EMAK. Speaking to Kathimerini, Mr. Lekkas stressed that “there have been many damages in the villages of Vrisa and Plomari, which are close to the seismic fault, while there are problems in some parts of the provincial road network due to landslides.”

There were no serious problems in Chios. An old house in the village of Vouno collapsed, while damage was reported on a house in Kampo.

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