A massive earthquake hit western Turkey on Friday resulting in the collapse of several buildings. Preliminary reports peg the epicentre of the earthquake in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece and Turkey at a depth of 16.5 kilometers, 13 kilometres north northeast of the Greek island of Samos.
There are conflicting reports on the severity of the earthquake that hit the coastal province of Izmir in western Turkey. News agency CNN quotes United States Geological Survey to put the magnitude of the earthquake at 7.0 on the Richter scale while the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency puts it at 6.6.
Turkish Health Minister said in a tweet, "Unfortunately, 4 of our citizens died in the earthquake in Izmir. In total, 120 citizens were affected by the earthquake. Our 38 ambulances, 35 UMKE team and 2 ambulance helicopters are at the scene. We stand by the people of Izmir with all our support. Sorry for your loss."
zmir’deki depremde ne yazk ki 4 vatandamz hayatn kaybetti. Toplamda 120 vatandamz depremden etkilendi. 38 ambulansmz, 35 UMKE ekibimiz ve 2 ambulans helikopterimiz olay yerinde. Tüm desteimizle zmir halknn yanndayz. Bamz sa olsun.— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) October 30, 2020
The earthquake brought down six buildings in western Izmir province, Associated Press quoted Turkey's interior minister Suleyman Soylu as saying.
Located on Turkey's Aegean coast, Izmir is the country's third-largest city. Damage to buildings has also been reported from the Turkish cities of Bornova and Bayrakli.
Rescue workers try to save residents trapped in the debris of a collapsed building in Izmir on Friday (Photo Credits: AP)
Turkish officials also said the earthquake was felt across the regions of Aegean and Marmara, including Istanbul. Governor of Istanbul Ali Yerlikaya, however, has denied any reports of damage for now.— Ragp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) October 30, 2020
Tremors were also felt in the Greek capital of Athens, reports suggest.
The "Greece quake" also caused a mini-tsunami on Samos resulting in damage to buildings, reported news agency AFP. Samos is home to about 45,000 people who have been asked to stay home.
Both Turkey and Greece reported aftershocks following the major earthquake.
Distressing images out of Izmir, Turkey’s third biggest city, hit minutes ago by a 6.8 earthquake (epicenter was on the Aegean) pic.twitter.com/qmkxzIvlQh— Piotr Zalewski (@p_zalewski) October 30, 2020