A magnitude 7.0 earthquake shakes Turkey and Greece, destroying dozens of buildings - Newztezz Online


Saturday, October 31, 2020

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake shakes Turkey and Greece, destroying dozens of buildings


Ankara: An earthquake shook Izmir, Turkey on Friday. The quake had a magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was reported below the epicenter, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The quake destroyed at least 20 buildings in the city of Izmir. That being said, many people are suspected to have been trapped in the debris. So far, 4 people have been confirmed dead and more than 120 injured.

The quake also damaged buildings in the cities of Bornova and Barakli, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. Teams are working in different cities for relief work, he said.

The US Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was 14 km northeast of the Greek city of Non-Carlosian. The epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued. More buildings have been damaged as a result.

"Get well soon Izmir," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted. We stand with our citizens affected by the earthquake with all the resources of the state. We have started the necessary work in this area with all our relevant machinery and ministers.

According to Turkish media, the tremors were felt as far away as Aegean and Marmara, where Istanbul is located. The governor of Istanbul said there were no reports of damage. Many videos are being shared on social media, claiming a tsunami following an earthquake in a western Turkish city. However, the authenticity of these videos could not be confirmed. In the videos, sea waves are seen penetrating urban areas after the earthquake.

The quake affected the eastern Greek island and the Greek capital, Athens. The quake affected Samos and other islanders, Greek media reported. In some places stones also fell from the mountains. No injuries have been reported so far.

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