Earthquake hits Greece and Turkey
At least 27 people were killed in Turkey and Greece when a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon causing damage of many buildings in the said countries.
At least 20 buildings in the city of Izmir, Turkey alone were destroyed, . Images showed vehicles crushed under the buildings and people digging through the rubble in search of survivors.
Minimum 810 people have been injured in Turkey. Dozens were saved by rescue teams using diggers and helicopters to search for survivors. A total of 470 aftershocks have been recorded, 35 of which were over 4.0 magnitude.
TV showed water flooding through the streets of Cesme and Seferihisar in parts of Turkey, as well as on the Greek island of Samos, in what officials described as a “mini tsunami.” No tsunami warnings were issued.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the tremor’s magnitude at 7.0, while Turkish authorities said it was 6.6. Buildings were also destroyed on the Greek island of Samos; the country’s public broadcaster said the quake caused a mini-tsunami in the area.
Rescue workers scrambled into the early morning Saturday in a frantic effort to save people trapped. More than 1,200 workers were involved in rescue efforts.