Emergency workers in Turkey and Greece are working hard to help people who were hit by a strong earthquake on the coast of a small Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea on Friday. According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude of the earthquake was 7.0.
According to reports, the earthquake had the most serious impact in nearby Turkey, where officials said four people were killed in Izmir and at least 12 buildings were destroyed or damaged.
According to the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Agency, one person died from drowning. The agency said at least 152 people were injured, adding that search and rescue personnel are still trying to reach anyone who might be trapped or injured.
A strong earthquake struck north of Néon Karlovásion, a small town on the Greek island of Samos. According to the Greek state broadcaster ERT, at least eight people were injured there. However, the report also reported that two students were injured when a wall collapsed on a narrow street. Although the condition of the students has not been confirmed, they fear that they have died.
The earthquake destroyed the old buildings on the island. The ERT reported that this also triggered a sea wall, flooded the store and swept away the car.
The quake shook the entire western part of Turkey, especially Izmir, where thousands of people lived about 40 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake.
The US Geological Survey said Friday’s earthquake was an “intraplate event” caused by the grinding of the African plate along the Eurasian tectonic plate. The agency said the earthquake occurred about 155 miles north of the main boundaries of these plates, consistent with earlier earthquakes in the region.
USGS said: “Although it is usually drawn as a point on a map, an earthquake of this size is more appropriately described as a slip on a larger fault area.” It added that the fault area of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake is usually 50. x 20 km-about 31 x 12 miles.
The agency says that the African plate moves about 10 millimeters (about 0.40 inches) northward each year.