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World Powerful Aegean earthquake kills at least 19 people in Turkey and Greece, injures hundreds

06:35  31 october  2020
06:35  31 october  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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At least 14 people have been killed and 419 injured after a powerful earthquake in the Aegean Sea toppled buildings in the Turkish city of İzmir and created sea surges on at least two Greek islands. Turkey ’s disaster and emergency authority (Afad) said 12 people died when the quake , measuring

At least 14 people were killed in both countries and more than 500 injured as the quake caused a mini-tsunami and several buildings to collapse. The earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea, rattling areas of western Turkey and several eastern Greek islands, as well as the capital Athens.

ISTANBUL —A powerful earthquake in the Aegean Sea left at least 19 people dead Friday in Turkey and Greece, flattened at least 20 buildings in coastal Turkey and sent a surge of seawater flooding streets near the Turkish city of Izmir.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake — felt as far away as Istanbul and Athens — occurred about 10 miles north of the Greek island of Samos, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

At least 17 people were dead and more than 700 injured in Turkey, according to Turkey’s disaster management agency, which said one of the victims had drowned. At least 20 structures, including some multistory apartment buildings in Izmir, collapsed, and rescue crews and volunteers combed through the rubble into the night.

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  Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits coastal Turkey, Greece, USGS reports At least six buildings in Izmir, Turkey have been destroyed. Death toll is not yet known.Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday’s earthquake was centered in the Aegean at a depth of 16,5 kilometers (10.3 miles) and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.

"A powerful earthquake struck Turkey and several Greek islands at the Aegean Sea. Full solidarity with the people of Greece and Turkey . At least four people had been killed and more than 120 injured in the earthquake , the Turkish Emergency Agency said.

AT LEAST 14 people have been killed and hundreds injured as a powerful earthquake and mini-tsunami hit Turkey and Greece . Horrifying pictures show the mass devastation as rescuers desperately search the rubble for suvivors after the magnitude-7.0 tremor rocked the coasts and islands around

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Residents and rescue teams search for survivors in Izmir, Turkey, at a collapsed building after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Oct. 30, 2020. © Tuncay Dersinlioglu/Reuters Residents and rescue teams search for survivors in Izmir, Turkey, at a collapsed building after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Oct. 30, 2020.

On Samos, two teenagers, a boy and a girl, were killed when a wall collapsed on them, said Greece’s General Secretariat for Civil Protection. Local media reported that the teens were walking home from school.

It was the second major earthquake to hit Turkey this year. In January, at least 41 people were killed in an earthquake that struck Elazig in central Turkey, where questions were raised about the whether the government was adequately enforcing building codes.

Some of the worst damage in Friday’s quake occurred in Izmir, a city of 4.4 million people on Turkey’s Aegean coast that is the country’s third-largest metropolis. Mayor Tunc Soyer told CNN Turk that search teams were at the scene of the collapsed buildings.

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  A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey, leaving 4 dead, 152 injured, and toppling at least 20 buildings Seventy people have been rescued from the debris in the Turkish city of Izmir so far, according to state media.According to Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, the earthquake struck near the Greek island of Samos. It could be felt as far away as Athens, Istanbul, and Bulgaria, the Associated Press reports.

An earthquake killed at least a dozen people and injured hundreds of others in western Turkey . The 7.0 magnitude quake was centered in the Aegean Sea and was felt as far as Athens. CBSN spoke with CBS News poducer Pinar Sevinclider from Istanbul about the emergency response. Our goal is to

Rumble — At least eight people have been killed in Turkey and Greece after a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon, sending buildings crashing down and triggering what authorities have called a "mini tsunami." Officials said six people were killed in coastal areas in

a dog sitting in front of a building: People walk past a destroyed house on the Greek island Samos on October 30, 2020 after a powerful earthquake hit Greece and Turkey. © Str/AFP/Getty Images People walk past a destroyed house on the Greek island Samos on October 30, 2020 after a powerful earthquake hit Greece and Turkey.

Local television stations showed residents and rescue workers searching for survivors through mounds of rubble. Plumes of white smoke rose from Izmir’s skyline. During one broadcast, cheers erupted as a woman, dazed and grimacing, was pulled from the ruins of a building.

Near Seferihisar, south of Izmir, coastal areas flooded with seawater from what appeared to be a “small tsunami,” said Ismail Yetiskin, a district mayor who was quoted by the NTV news channel.

Map of Greece © Meghan Kelly for the Washington Post Map of Greece

The authorities had lost contact with several fisherman who were at sea when the earthquake struck, he said. Video posted on the Internet appeared to show flooding in Samos as well.

The quake was very shallow, with the main slip occurring just seven miles below the seabed. Most earthquakes in western Turkey occur within 40 miles below the surface.

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  Death toll rises in powerful Aegean earthquake as Turkish rescuers race to find survivors The earthquake, which injured more than 800 people, has led to a rare moment of comity between the leaders of Turkey and Greece The earthquake, which struck Friday afternoon just north of the Greek island of Samos, caused deaths in both Turkey and Greece, flooded coastal areas and flattened residential buildings. Twenty-six people were killed in Turkey and more than 800 people were injured, Turkey’s health minister and the country’s disaster management agency said Saturday. Two teenagers were killed on Samos after they were crushed by a collapsing wall.

A powerful earthquake has struck off Turkey 's Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, destroying homes and killing at least 22 people . The 7.0 magnitude tremor was centred off Turkey 's Izmir province, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. Turkey put the magnitude lower, at 6.6

At least 14 people have been killed in Turkey and Greece after a powerful magnitude 7 earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon, sending buildings crashing down and triggering what authorities have called a "mini tsunami." The epicenter of the tremor was in the Aegean Sea off the

Turkey sits atop the Anatolian plate, a block of the earth’s crust that is slowly rotating counterclockwise and shifting west with time — about an inch of movement every year. But pent-up stress caused by collisions with the African plate and Eurasian plate result in frequent earthquakes.

Most of Turkey’s big quakes over the years have occurred along the North Anatolian Fault, which runs across northern Turkey along the Pontic Mountains.

Occasionally, quakes occur in the country’s western zones, the result of dense, oceanic crust sinking and forcing the ground further east upward.

The quake was the strongest in nearly a decade to strike Turkey. In October 2011, a 7.1 earthquake struck eastern Turkey, killing more than 600 people.

On Samos, some residents were asked to evacuate their houses for the next 48 hours for precautionary reasons.

The earthquake struck at a moment when the governments of Turkey and Greece are locked in a bitter feud over competing claims to territory and resources in the seas that divide the two countries. After the quake, both nations issued offers of mutual humanitarian aid.

Writing on Twitter, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he had called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to offer condolences.

“Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together,” Mitsotakis wrote.

Cappucci reported from Washington. Zeynep Karatas in Istanbul and Elinda Labropoulou in Athens contributed to this report.

Child, trapped for 91 hours in an earthquake’s rubble, is rescued in Turkey .
The girl, Ayda Gezgin, was found during a massive rescue effort following Friday’s powerful earthquake. But Ayda could only look back. “Mom,” she could be heard saying, in footage carried by CNN Turk. “I want my mom.” Ayda, whose age was given variously as 3 or 4, was taken to a hospital.

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