Earthquake blasts the Greco-Turkish axis with a 6.2 magnitude
Turkey is no stranger to earthquakes: a 2011 quake strikes Van (image used for illustrative purposes)
Reports have rippled out of Turkey's seismology centre of an earthquake carrying a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 that has shaken up the country's Aegean coast.
The earthquake sent shock-waves as far as Istanbul and neighboring regions, but so far there is no news of destruction in its wake.
The Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory reports the quake hitting at 4:16 p.m. (1416 GMT) Tuesday off the shores of Turkey's northwestern area. There may still be outstanding damage unreported and sources are investigating the possibilities.
The Athens Geodynamic Institute in Greece put the magnitude of the jolt at 5.9 and said the quake straddled the Greek islands and the Turkish mainland. Greece's Lemnos and Lesvos, a stone-throw from the Turkish coast, suffered the initial blast and a mild reverberation was felt in Athens. From the Greek side of the equation, the preliminary magnitude registered was 5.7, as put out by the U.S. Geological Survey, says AP.
Earthquakes are not few and far between in the Turkey and Greece axis, since much of the region lies abreast fault lines. 2011 witnessed a stronger jilt of 7.6 magnitude to eastern Turkey in the Van province.