Earthquake kills 6 in Western Turkey, rattles Greek Island

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A strong earthquake struck on Friday in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, collapsing buildings in the city of Izmir in western Turkey, and officials said at least six people were killed and scores were injured.

A small tsunami struck the Seferisar district of Izmir, said Haluk Ozen, director of the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute. At least four people were slightly injured on Samos, where a tsunami warning was issued.

Six people were killed in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city, including one who drowned, and 202 were injured, according to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD). Izmir Gov. Yavuz Selim Kosger said at least 70 people had been rescued from the wreckage. He said four buildings were destroyed and more than 10 collapsed, while others also were damaged.

Earthquake kills 6 in Western Turkey, rattles Greek Island
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Search and rescue efforts were continuing in at least 12 buildings, as per AFAD.  Turkish media showed wreckage of a multiple-story building, with four people climbing it to start rescue efforts. Smoke rose from several spots. Videos on Twitter shows flooding in the Seferhisar district, and Turkish officials; and broadcasters called don people to stay off the streets after reports of traffic congestion.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted that 38 ambulances; two ambulance helicopter, and 35 medical rescue teams were working in the city of Izmir. Turkey’s Disaster; and Emergency Management Presidency said the quake was centred in the Aegean at a depth of 16.5 kilometres and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.

The European-Mediterranean Seismologists Centre said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with an epicentre 13 kilometres north northeast of the Greek island of Samos. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0. It is common for preliminary magnitudes to differ in the early hours and days after the earthquake. The environment and urban planning minister, Murat Kurum, said people were trapped under the wreckage, and rescue efforts were underway.

Greek seismologist Akis Tselentis told Greek state broadcaster ERT that; the quake was believed to be the main earthquake; but that due to the shallow depth of its epicentre roughly 10 kilometres potentially powerful aftershocks; could be expected for several weeks or even a month, to come.

The Greek minister responsible for civil protection and crisis management; Nikos Hardalias, was heading Samos, as were a search and rescue team, paramedics; and engineers.

 

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