On Friday, a massive earthquake occurred between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, causing many buildings to collapse in the Turkish province west of Izmir, leaving at least four people dead.
Dozens more were wounded, while Samos also reported some damage to buildings and the road network, as well as four light injuries.earthquake
Fahrettin Koca, Turkey’s Minister of Health, tweeted that four people were killed in Izmir and 120 were wounded. In Izmir, he said, there were 38 ambulances, two fire helicopters, and 35 emergency rescue teams operating.
After the earthquakes struck, people crowded the streets in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir, witnesses said.
The Turkish Presidency for Crisis and Emergency Management (AFAD) set the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.6, while the U.S. Geological Survey said it was 7.0. It struck at about 1150 GMT and was felt along the Aegean coast of Turkey and the Marmara region of the northwest, the media reported.
The epicenter was some 17 kilometers off the coast of the Izmir province, at a depth of 16 km, AFAD said. The US Geological Survey said the depth was 10 km and that the epicenter was 33.5km off Turkey’s coast.
Residents of Samos, an island with a population of about 45,000, were urged to stay away from coastal areas, Eftyhmios Lekkas, head of Greece’s organization for anti-seismic planning, told Greece’s Skai TV.
“It was a very big earthquake, it’s difficult to have a bigger one,” said Lekkas.
Ali Yerlikaya, the governor of Istanbul, where the quake was also felt, said there were no negative reports.