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Tsunami: Greece and Turkey rocked by deadly 7.0-magnitude earthquake

A strong earthquake struck Friday between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, collapsing several buildings in Turkey’s western Izmir province and causing some damage in Samos. There were reports of people trapped beneath rubble in Izmir.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted that at least four people had been killed in Izmir and 120 injured. He said 38 ambulances, two ambulance helicopters and 35 medical rescue teams were working in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city with about 4.5 million residents.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said the earthquake was centered in the Aegean Sea at a depth of 10.3 miles and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.

However, the United States Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0.

The Disaster and Emergency Management stated that four people are confirmed dead with approximately 120 people injured. 

İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said: “We received the information that at least 20 buildings were collapsed.”

A tsunami warning was issued, with residents told to stay away from the coastline.


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