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Strong earthquake in Lesvos

A strong 4.8 Richter earthquake occurred in Mytilini on Tuesday morning.

According to the revised estimate of the Geodynamic Institute, the earthquake occurred 5 km east southeast of Mithymna Lesvos and had a focal depth of 12.4 km.

There is great concern among the residents of the area. It was very intense, with a loud noise. After the end of the earthquake there was a noise from stones and rocks that fell from the mountain according to an reporter who is on the island.

The island dances to the tremors from earth's bowels

This is a series of earthquakes in Lesvos, which follow the 4.9 Richter earthquake three days ago.

According to seismologists, the seismic sequence is developing smoothly. This fact has reassured the scientists, who are optimistic about the continuation in the region.

What chief seismologist Lekkas says

According to the professor of Geology and Natural Disaster Management, president of OASP, Efthymio Lekka, three days after the earthquake in Lesvos, the experts are optimistic.

"The possibility of having a larger earthquake is removed, therefore we are entering a period of normality during which we can assess the effects on the buildings, which are few and on the road network with extensive landslides," said Mr. Lekkas to ERT channel.

9 of the 46 buildings that were checked in Molyvos marked "yellow" 

During the first day of the autopsies carried out by KTYP and DAEFK engineering teams on Monday, January 9, 2023 in the Molyvos area, of a total of 46 houses that had problems from the January 7th earthquake, 9 were labeled "yellow", according to information from the Municipality of Western Lesvos.

The autopsies of experts that have been in Lesvos since yesterday morning, will continue today, in buildings in Lepetymnos, Argenos and Pelopi, while at the same time two crews of the engineers of the Municipality of Western Lesvos will continue theirs checks of homes and school buildings throughout the territory of the Municipality.

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Double operation to rescue migrants in Lesvos and Kythira: More than 15 dead

The Hellenic Coast Guard conducted all-night efforts to locate and rescue migrants after two shipwrecks off Lesvos and Kythera. Efforts are ongoing on Thursday morning.

Unfortunately, so far in Lesvos, 15 bodies of women have been recovered, 9 people have been rescued, while it seems that three are trapped in a steep rocky area. At the same time, search parties have extended efforts from sea to land in order to locate migrants who might have managed to land ashore.

According to the first information, 40 people were on board the boat that sank.

Strong winds of up to 7 Beaufort are blowing in the area of ​​the fatal accident, which makes the work of rescuers and the Coast Guard even more difficult.

15 women dead

Nikos Kokkalas, spokesperson of the Coast Guard, spoke to the MEGA television and informed the public that the rescue operations in Lesvos and Kythira are still ongoing. Most fatalities have been registered on Lesvos where 15 bodies have been recovered, while 9 women have been rescued in total.

The press representative clarified that all the rescued are women but the bodies recovered were also women. According to information, it is a boat with 40 people and possibly some people have landed ashore and fled to the north side of the island.

Large scale operation in Kythira

Meanwhile, at least 80 migrants have been rescued so far after a sailboat crashed and sunk in a sea cliff area, in Diakofti, Kythira.

According to the information the authorities have so far, 95 people were on board the boat.

The Coast Guard's search for missing persons continues under adverse conditions, with winds of 8 to 10 Beaufort.

At the scene are a ship that was nearby when the distress call was sounded, a Navy helicopter, officials from the relevant Port Authority, police and fire brigade officials as well as volunteer rescuers.

A Coast Guard open sea vessel, a Special Missions Echelon of the Coast Guard and a team of the Underwater Missions Unit are moving there.

The location of the shipwreck in Kythira

They're collecting corpses in Lesvos

According to the occupants of the boat that sank in Lesbvos, there were about forty people on board. So far nine people have been rescued and fifteen bodies have been recovered, while three are stranded in a rocky outcropping while there are fears that the death toll may rise.

Image from Kythira

Dramatic moments in Kythira

Dozens of migrants experienced dramatic moments after their sailboat sank in Kythira, after hitting a rocky precipitous area in the Diakofti sea area.

So far, there are 80 rescued migrants in Kythira while there is great anxiety as according to the latest information from the port, there were about 95 people on board.

It is noted that a passenger notified via emergency hotline 112 that the boat is in a difficult position and spoke of about 95 people on it.

Reports of the dead
Nearby ships, a Navy helicopter, officials of the relevant Port Authority, police and fire brigade officials and volunteer rescuers rushed to the area.

Also, a high seas ship of the port corps, a Special Missions Team (KEA) and a team of the Submarine Missions Unit of the Coast Guard are also rushing.

According to kythera.news, the shipwreck occurred one nautical mile east of the Makrykythera bridge.

According to some information  there were people calling for help, while bodies were seen in the sea.

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Greece in the grips of fire

Greece is in the grips of a fiery nightmare, with fronts raging in Ilia and Evros, while Lesvos is also going through tough times, with fires burning still out of control.

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