A powerful earthquake within the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. Several buildings had been wrecked in Turkey’s western Izmir province, based on officers, however there was no quick data on casualties.
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency stated Friday’s earthquake was centered within the Aegean at a depth of 16,5 kilometers (10.three miles) and registered at a 6.6 magnitude. The emergency authority stated it despatched search and rescue groups to Izmir.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre stated the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with an epicenter 13 kilometers (eight miles) north northeast of the Greek island of Samos.
The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0.
Turkish media confirmed wreckage of a multiple-story constructing in central Izmir, with individuals climbing it to start out rescue efforts. Turkish media confirmed a minimum of one girl being helped from the rubble of a collapsed constructing. Smoke was filmed in a number of spots in central Izmir.
Izmir mayor Tunc Soyer informed CNN Turk that about 20 buildings collapsed. The metropolis is the third greatest in Turkey with about 4,5 million residents. Turkey’s inside minister tweeted six buildings in Izmir had been destroyed. He stated there have been small cracks in some buildings in six different provinces.
Izmir’s governor stated there was no quick data on casualties.
Turkish media stated the earthquake was felt throughout the areas of Aegean and Marmara, together with Istanbul. Istanbul’s governor stated there have been no studies of harm within the metropolis.
The quake was felt throughout the jap Greek islands and even within the Greek capital Athens. Greek media stated the residents of Samos and different islands fled their properties, whereas some rockfalls had been reported. There had been no quick studies of accidents.
Turkey and Greece reported aftershocks. The quake was additionally felt in Bulgaria.
Greek seismologist Efthymios Lekkas informed Greek state tv ERT that it was nonetheless too early to say whether or not this was the primary earthquake, though he stated it was seemingly it was.
“It is an event that is evolving,” Lekkas stated, including that some injury had been reported in elements of Samos.
A tsunami warning was issued, with residents of the Samos space informed to steer clear of the shoreline. Water rose above the dock in the primary harbor of Samos and flooded the road.
The regional governor of the Samos area, Yiannis Stamoulis, stated no accidents had been reported on the island. Residents have additionally been informed to steer clear of buildings, as aftershocks continued to rattle the world.