6.1 Richter Earthquake; 1 Dead, Major Damages and Injuries on Lesbos

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

There is one dead, 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.

A 45-year-old woman that was trapped in ruins on Lesvos was pulled out of the wreckage dead at 8:20 p.m. by the Fire Service working there after the Earthquake hit.

There are reports however, that another woman by name of Eleni Valeli remains trapped in the ruins of her home at this time. The North Aegean deputy governor, Stratis Kitelis, told ANT1 that the rescue crews have had no contact with the woman. The missing woman’s husband, George Valelis, was found injured with broken legs and informed the Fire Service that the woman was still inside the house.

Major damages have been 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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