Strong Earthquake Causes Injuries in Greece and Turkey [Update]

    Earthquake Rattles Greece and Turkey
    A wounded woman in the western province of Çanakkale, Turkey.

    Three people have been reported injured in Greece and more than two hundred in Turkey after a strong earthquake struck Greece on Saturday at 12:25 p.m. local time. The earthquake was larger than a magnitude of 6.0 and it was recorded 210 kilometers (130 miles) east of Thessaloniki and 296 kilometers (185 miles) northeast of Athens at a depth of 10.0km (6.2mi) in the Aegean sea between the Greek islands of Lemnos and Samothraki.

    According to a Lemnos police officer a female British tourist was slightly injured at the airport, while two Kornos village residents were treated for mild injuries at the local hospital. The quake leveled three abandoned houses and a church on Lemnos island.

    The quake caused 266 injuries in Turkey, including one person who was in serious condition, according to the government’s emergency and disaster management agency. The injuries were mostly the result of panic, caused as people tried to rush out of buildings.

    The Institute of Geophysics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki said the quake was a magnitude of 6.3; the U.S. Geological Survey initially reported a magnitude of 6.4, later revised to 6.9. There were divergences as to the quake’s depth. The USGS reported a depth of 10 kilometres, but the Athens Geodynamics Institute has reported 27 kilometres.

    Related: Watch a video recorded at the time of the strong earthquake in Greece.

    The Mediterranean region is seismically active due to the northward convergence (4-10 mm/yr) of the African plate with respect to the Eurasian plate along a complex plate boundary.

    Earthquakes have historically caused widespread damage across central and southern Greece, the island of Crete, Cyprus, Sicily and elsewhere in the region, especially Turkey. Turkey’s emergency and disaster management agency said there were close to 70 aftershocks, the strongest measuring 5.5.

    Watch the following security camera video recorded during the earthquake at a store in Çanakkale, Turkey.