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Earthquake and tsunami hit Turkey and Greece, killing 14 people

Turkey and Greece were hit by strong earthquakes and small tsunamis, killing at least 14 people and wounding hundreds of others.

Frightening pictures show that after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the coasts and islands of the Aegean Sea, rescuers desperately searched for survivors in the ruins, causing massive destruction.

The epicenter of the earthquake was 11 miles (Turkey) north of Samos on the coast of Greece, an area popular with British tourists.

Izmir is a city in Turkey with a population of 4.4 million and bears the brunt.

At least 20 buildings collapsed. The mini tsunami swept the coastal areas, swept through a large number of mudslides, including cars, and made the inland areas disappear and fish stranded.

With the large-scale coastal defense raid, people had to flee for their lives, turning the streets into turbulent salt water.

The rescuers are now facing a race against time to drag the survivors into the collapsed rubble.

At least 70 people were rescued from under the rubble.

The entire eastern islands of Greece (such as Mykonos and Kos) also felt the earthquake and issued tsunami warnings to many wanderers.

The chairman of the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Administration (AFAD) said that 1

2 people were killed, one of whom was drowning and another 419 were injured.

At the same time, a wall on Samos Island collapsed and two teenagers aged 15 and 17 were killed.

The Turkish Ministry of Health said that 38 ambulances, two ambulance helicopters and 35 medical rescue teams are working in Izmir.

According to data from the Aegean Tourism Enterprise and Accommodation Alliance, about 2 million foreign tourists visit Izmir every year.

The pictures and videos posted on social media showed that after the earthquake, there was a large cloud of dust flying over the city.

Aerial footage of Turkish NTV TV shows that entire city blocks have been turned into rubble.

When rescuers searched for any signs of survivors, they demanded to remain silent and remove boulders and other debris from the human chain.

TRT TV shows that rescuers used a chain saw to get help as residents and police tried to force them through the rubble.

Ilke Cide, a doctoral student in Guzelbahce area of ​​Izmir during the earthquake, said that after the water level rose after the earthquake, he went inland.

He said: “I am very used to earthquakes…so I didn’t pay much attention to earthquakes at first, but this time it was really scary.” He added that the earthquake lasted at least 25-30 seconds.

Idil Gungor, who runs a hotel in the Seferihisar district of Izmir, told the broadcasting company NTV that people were clearing the wreckage after the flood subsided.

She said the fish was washed into the hotel garden about 50 meters from the coast.

After the earthquake on the Greek island of Samos, people walked past a destroyed house.
After the earthquake on the Greek island of Samos, people walked past a destroyed house.AFP via Getty Images

The US Geological Survey confirmed that huge earthquakes were felt 190 miles away in Athens and about 200 miles away
Istanbul is a few miles away.

After news of the earthquake came out, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias contacted the Turkish Prime Minister and proposed to send some members of his disaster relief team to Izmir.

Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mizotakis today called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express his condolences.

“Regardless of the differences between us, this is the time when our people need to unite,” Mittakis wrote on Twitter.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said in a tweet that France “stands side by side with the people of Turkey and Greece.”

Damanning said: “If the governments of these countries are willing, they can immediately send French aid on the spot.”

Earlier, after the Turkish president’s cartoon was published in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, tensions between the two countries emerged.

Izmir Seferihisar Mayor Ismail Yetiskin said the earthquake caused sea levels to rise.

He told the broadcaster NTV: “There seems to be a small tsunami.”

Residents fled their homes, some large rocks collapsed and mini-tsunamis rushed into Samos.

After a strong earthquake hit the western coast of Turkey and parts of Greece in Izmir, rescuers searched for survivors among collapsed buildings.
After the western coast of Turkey and parts of Greece in Izmir were hit by a strong earthquake, rescuers searched for survivors among collapsed buildings.AFP via Getty Images

One of the collapsed buildings on the island is the Panagia Theotokou church in Karlovasi.

Public radio station ERT quoted the island’s deputy mayor Michalis Mitsios as saying: “The walls of some houses have collapsed and several buildings have been damaged.”

“It’s chaotic,” the deputy mayor Giorgos Dionysiou (Giorgos Dionysiou) added. “We have never experienced anything like this.”

As a precaution, the island’s airport was also closed.

The Greek Civil Protection Agency told the residents of Samos to “stay in the open and away from buildings” in a text message.

President Erdogan said on Twitter that he is ready to help “with all means available to our country.”

Murat Kurum, Turkey’s Minister of Environment and Urban Planning, confirmed that people are still trapped in the wreckage of Izmir.

Witness Teoman Cüneyt Acar told Haberturk: ​​”I was in a grocery store in Gaziemir during the earthquake.

“I saw all my belongings started to fall. My mother was trapped in the house. I saw my mother at the door in the street, everyone was outside.

“I entered the house during the aftershocks and I saw cracks in the pillars.

“According to him, some old buildings are in ruins. The shaking lasted 40-45 seconds.”

Witnesses said that after the earthquake, people poured into the streets of this popular tourist city.

Turkish officials and broadcasters urged people not to go on the road so that emergency vehicles can be quickly moved to the disaster area.

Rescuers and local volunteers carried the injured victims on the stretcher from the collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey.
Rescuers and local volunteers carried the injured victims on the stretcher from the collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey.AFP via Getty Images

The earthquake occurred at around 11:50 am GMT and can be felt on the Aegean coast of Turkey and the Marmara region in the northwest.

The chairman of the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Agency said that the center of the earthquake was the Aegean Sea, which was 10.3 miles deep.

Seismologist Efthymios Lekkas told the Greek national television station ERT that it is too early to say whether this is a major earthquake.

Lekas ​​said: “It was a very big earthquake, it is difficult to have a bigger earthquake.”

Lekas ​​said the earthquake was an ongoing event, adding that parts of Samos had been damaged.

A tsunami warning was issued and residents of the Samos area were told to stay away from the coastline.

It said: “Stay away from the coast. The danger of waves caused by earthquakes.”

Aftershocks continue to plague the area.

Water rose above the pier in the main port of Samos and flooded the street.

Yiannis Stamoulis, Governor of the Samos Region, said there were no reports of injuries on the island.

The head of the workers’ union at Samos Hospital told the “Greek City Times”: “A few minutes ago, we experienced a very big earthquake, similar to Samos’s experience for many years.

Rescuers search for survivors in collapsed buildings in Izmir, Turkey.
Rescuers search for survivors in collapsed buildings in Izmir, Turkey.AFP via Getty Images

People are panicking. They were already in the square and walked out on the street. “

He added: “The earthquake lasted for a few minutes. Very strong.”

Both Greece and Turkey are located in one of the most active seismic zones in the world.

In 1999, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck northwestern Turkey, killing more than 17,000 people, including 1,000 in Istanbul.

In 2011, another earthquake in Van province in the southeast killed more than 600 people.

In Greece, the last fatal earthquake killed two people on the island of Kos near Samos in July 2017.

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