At least 17 people died and 709 were injured in a powerful earthquake that hit the coast of Turkey and Greece on Friday. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency has confirmed this. Medical rescue teams are engaged in rescue and relief work in Izmir. Turkey is a country above the large fault line and it is counted among the countries with the highest earthquakes.
The buildings were demolished
The European-Mudsagar Seismology Center stated that the earthquake was initially 7 on the Richter scale and had its epicenter in the island of Samos, north-northeast of Greece. At the same time, according to the Geological Survey of America, the earthquake intensity was 7.0. This powerful landfall between the Turkish coast and the Samos Peninsula of Greece caused many buildings to collapse in Izmir province of western Turkey. There is also some loss in the Samos of Greece. More people are buried under debris in Izmir.
196 aftershocks felt with 23 hitting over magnitude 4 following major Izmir earthquake: Turkey’s media https://t.co/8Et2zxcFDz
– ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2020
Earthquake epicenter Aegean Sea
Turkey’s Department of Disaster and Emergency Management said that the epicenter of the earthquake was 16.5 kilometers down in the Aegean Sea. The earthquake has recorded a magnitude of 6.6. The department said that it has sent search and rescue teams to Izmir. Turkish media shows debris of a multi-storey building in central Izmir. Apart from this, the rescuers are also seen stationed. Photographs of smoke rising in several places in central Izmir have also been revealed. Greek media said that residents of Samos and other peninsulas fled their homes during the earthquake.
Earthquake shocks in Greece as well
Severe tremors have also been felt on the island of Samos, Greece. People have been asked not to go to the sea shore. It is being told that the epicenter of the earthquake is close to this island of Greece. Therefore, there are reports of heavy losses.
Dramatic footage of the moment a building collapses in #Izmir. There are reports of a minor tsunami and flooding in Seferihisar. No casualties reported yet, but the fear is there, as the mayor said around 20 buildings suspected collapsed#quake #turkey pic.twitter.com/rhMLkvdnx9
– Selin Girit (@selingirit) October 30, 2020
After the earthquake, the city filled with tsunami
By releasing several videos on social media, users are claiming the tsunami waves after the earthquake in the western city of Turkey. In the video, after the earthquake, strong waves of water are seen penetrating the urban areas. However the tsunami has also been confirmed by the mayor of Izmir city.
Even before there is earth
In August 1999, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Izmir, southeast of Istanbul. The earthquake killed more than 17,000 people. In 2011, a powerful earthquake in the eastern city of Wan killed five hundred people.