A powerful earthquake hit Greece and Turkey on Friday, causing buildings to collapse and a sea surge that flooded streets within the Turkish resort city of Izmir.
Greek public tv said the quake also caused a mini-tsunami on the eastern Aegean Sea island of Samos, damaging buildings.
The US Geological Survey mentioned the 7.zero magnitude quake was registered 14 kilometers (8.6 miles) off the Greek city of Karlovasi on Samos.
The Turkish government’s catastrophe company reported a decreased magnitude of 6.6 for the quake whereas Greece’s seismological company mentioned it measured 6.7.
Photos from Izmir confirmed collapsed buildings and dazed folks making an attempt to make their manner by means of rubbled piled excessive on the streets.
“To date, now we have obtained details about six collapsed buildings” in Izmir province, which includes the town, Turkish Inside Minister Suleyman Soylu mentioned on Twitter.
“Some of our fellow residents are caught within the rubble,” mentioned Setting Minister Murat Kurum, including that he knew of 5 collapsed buildings.
Town’s mayor Tunc Soyer advised CNN Turk he had details about the collapse of 20 buildings.
Photos on social media confirmed water dashing by means of the streets of Izmir from an apparent sea surge.
Thick white plumes of smoke rose from varied elements of the town the place buildings had collapsed.
Aerial footage on Turkey’s NTV television confirmed whole metropolis blocks turned to rubble.
TRT tv confirmed rescuers being helped by residents and police utilizing chainsaws as they tried to power their manner by means of the rubble of a seven-floor building that had collapsed.
Rescuers called for silence for indicators of any survivors, clearing boulders, and different particles in a human chain.
CNN Turk confirmed one lady being pulled out alive.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted that he was prepared to assist “with all of the means out there to our state”.
“It was chaos”
On the Greek island of Samos, close to the quake’s epicenter, folks rushed out into the streets in panic.
“The partitions of some homes have crumbled and several other buildings are broken,” the island’s deputy mayor Michalis Mitsios was quoted as saying by public broadcaster ERT.
“It was chaos,” added fellow deputy mayor Giorgos Dionysiou. “We now have by no means skilled something like this.”
The Greek civil safety company advised Samos’s residents in a textual content message to “keep out within the open and away from buildings”.
The island’s airport was additionally closed as a precaution.
Greece and Turkey are each located in one of many world’s most lively earthquake zones.
In 1999, a 7.four magnitude earthquake struck Turkey’s northwest, killing greater than 17,000 folks, together with 1,000 in Istanbul.
One other quake in 2011 within the southeastern province of Van resulted in additional than 600 deaths.
In Greece, the final lethal quake killed two folks on the island of Kos, close to Samos, in July 2017.