Major damage has been reported following a strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake that hit Greece’s Dodecanese Islands and Turkey’s Aegean coast on Friday.
According to the seismological laboratory of the University of Athens, the epicenter was located 24 km to the north-west of the island of Samos at a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was also felt in Athens.
Rescue teams on Saturday plowed through concrete blocks and debris of eight collapsed buildings in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck Turkey’s Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, killing at least 30 people. More than 800 others were injured.
At the same time, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) has stated that an earthquake of the same magnitude was felt along Turkey’s Aegean coast.
The epicenter was located some 17 km (11 miles) off the coast of Izmir province, at a depth of 16 km. According to Turkish media reports, tremors could be felt in numerous provinces in the country’s west, as well as in Istanbul.
Izmir’s Governor Yavuz Selim Köşger has issued a statement saying that up to 20 buildings have been destroyed in the province and that a crisis center has been established to investigate the matter.
The mayor of the Bornova district in Izmir, Mustafa İduğ, has stated that “there are many destroyed buildings in the area. We know that a four-story building has collapsed, but there are no problems in the center of the district.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has stated that rescue teams are working at the sites of the destroyed buildings. According to local media reports, aftershocks of magnitudes between 3.9 and 4.8 are still occurring.
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