Jumat, 30 Oktober 2020

People injured, multiple buildings destroyed as earthquake shakes Turkey and Greece - ABC News

A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece, with several buildings destroyed in western Izmir province and reports of people trapped beneath rubble.

Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said three injured people were pulled from the wreckage of a building in Izmir.

Environment and Urban Planning Minister Murat Kurum said people were trapped under the wreckage and rescue efforts were underway.

Some damage was also reported on the Greek island of Samos, to buildings and the road network.

The director of the hospital in Samos said four people were treated there for light injuries.

People flooded onto the streets in the tourist city of Izmir after the quake struck the region with a magnitude of up to 7.0.

A crowd of people carry a stretcher in front of a collapsed building. People are climbing through the rubble.
Locals and officials searched for survivors after buildings in Izmir collapsed.(Reuters: Tuncay Dersinlioglu)

Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday's earthquake was centred in the Aegean at a depth of 16.5 kilometres and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with an epicentre 13 kilometres north-north-east of the Greek island of Samos.

The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0.

A group of women wearing masks and with concerned looks on their faces stand on a street, some talking on phones
People stand outside their homes after a strong earthquake hit the Turkish city of Izmir.(AP: Ismail Gokmen)

Izmir Mayor Tunc Soyer told CNN Turk that about 20 buildings collapsed.

The city is the third-biggest in Turkey with about 4.5 million residents.

Turkish media showed wreckage of a multiple-storey building in central Izmir, with people climbing it to reach rescuers. Smoke was filmed in several spots in central Izmir.


Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter there were no reports of casualties from six other provinces where the earthquake was felt, but said there were small cracks in some buildings.

Videos posted on Twitter showed flooding in the immediate aftermath of the quake in Izmir's Seferhisar district. Turkish officials and broadcasters called on people to stay off the streets after reports of traffic congestion.

Turkish media said the earthquake was felt across the regions of Aegean and Marmara, where Istanbul is located. Istanbul's Governor said there were no reports of damage in the city, Turkey's largest.

People on the street look at a damaged  building in Izmir, Turkey. One corner of the building has collapsed
Izmir's Mayor said 20 buildings had collapsed.(Reuters: Tuncay Dersinlioglu)

The quake was felt across the eastern Greek islands and even in the Greek capital, Athens and in Bulgaria.

Residents of the Greek island of Samos, which has a population of about 45,000, were urged to stay away from coastal areas, according to Greece's Skai TV.

"It was a very big earthquake, it's difficult to have a bigger one," Eftyhmios Lekkas, head of Greece's organisation for anti-seismic planning, told the station.

Mr Lekkas told Greek state television ERT it was still too early to say whether this was the main earthquake, although he said it was likely it was.

"It is an event that is evolving."

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

Water rose above the dock in the main harbour of Samos and flooded the street.

Residents have also been told to stay away from buildings, as aftershocks continued to rattle the area. Local officials told state media there were reports of damage to buildings and part of the island's road network.

Both countries reported aftershocks.



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2020-10-30 13:09:00Z

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