Earthquake hits Greece and Turkey, bringing deaths and floods

Earthquake hits Greece and Turkey, bringing deaths and floods
The death toll could rise further as a number of people are feared trapped under the rubble in Izmir. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: A powerful earthquake has struck off north of the Greek island of Samos and Turkey’s Aegean coast, destroying homes and killing at least 22 people.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the 7.0 magnitude tremor was centred off Turkey’s Izmir province.

Turkey said the magnitude was 6.6 and claimed 20 people had died and 786 were injured in the province of Izmir. Two teenagers were killed on Samos.

The shallow tremor triggered a mini-tsunami that flooded Samos and Izmir.

The authorities in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city with the population of nearly three million, are now setting up a tent area to house about 2,000 people overnight, amid fears that more buildings could collapse.

The authorities said that at least 70 people had been rescued from under the rubble.

Rescuers continued to search through concrete blocks after darkness fell, hoping to find more survivors.

The USGS said the earthquake – which was felt as far away as Istanbul and Athens – struck at a depth of 10km (six miles), although Turkish officials said it was 16km below ground.

Both the turkey and Greece sit on fault lines and earthquakes are common.

In Izmir, many people were seen running out into the streets in panic and fear after the quake struck. At least 20 buildings collapsed so far.

Videos appeared on social media show the moment one multi-storey building went down, while Other footage shows local people scrambling over rubble looking for survivors.

There were reports of flooding in the city after the sea level rose, and some fishermen are said to be missing.

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