A powerful earthquake has struck off Turkey’s Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, destroying homes and killing people. The 7.0 magnitude tremor was centred off Turkey’s Izmir province, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Much of the damage in Turkey occurred in and around the Aegean resort city of Izmir, which has three million residents and is filled with high-rise apartment blocks. It was unclear how many people were trapped in the rubble.
The quake also caused a mini-tsunami on the Aegean island of Samos and a sea surge that turned streets into rushing rivers in one town on Turkey’s west coast.
Turkish officials confirmed 24 dead and nearly 800 injured after the quake hit the coastal province of Izmir.
Greece Rocked Badly
Two teenage students were killed on the Greek island of Samos when the wall of a building collapsed. Media reports said the two victims, the first reported in Greece, were aged 15 and 17, and were walking home from school in the port of Vathy when it struck.
“Two unconscious youngsters were pulled from the rubble of a collapsed wall and taken to hospital for identification,” the fire service said.
The earthquake was felt across the eastern Greek islands and even in the capital, Athens.