Six dead and 200 injured in Turkey after powerful earthquake hits in the Aegean Sea - Pictures

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Turkey Earthquake
At least six people have died and 200 more were injured on Friday after a strong earthquake hit off Turkey's western coastline on Friday.

The 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit in the Aegean Sea at a depth of 16.5 kilometres, according to Turkey’s disaster and emergency management authority (AFAD).
 

 

 

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said its epicentre was 13 kilometres northeast of the Greek island of Samos.
 
 
The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude of the tremor at 7.0.
 
AFAD said in a statement issued at 16:00 CET that six people had died, including one drowning, and that a further 202 people were injured.
 
Footage released on social media by a local resident shows Izmir flooded by water with debris and furniture washed away.
 
Turkish media showed wreckage of multiple buildings in Izmir, with people climbing it to reach rescuers. Smoke was filmed in several spots in central Izmir.
 
Turkey’s interior minister reports that several buildings in western Izmir province were destroyed.
 
 
"We took action to start the necessary work in the region with all our relevant institutions and ministers," said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a tweet.
 
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said: "We stand by the people of Izmir with all our support."
 
AFAD said search and rescue and first aid teams were sent to the region immediately and that search and rescue activities were ongoing in 12 buildings damaged by the quake.
 
"In addition to İzmir, personnel and vehicles from neighbouring provinces were also dispatched to the region for support," AFAD said in a tweet.
 
Video posted to social media showed people searching the rubble for people who may be trapped.
 
The Turkish Red Crescent Society reported having pulled seven people from the rubble of destroyed buildings.
 
 
Turkish media said the earthquake was felt across the regions of Aegean and Marmara, where Istanbul is located. Istanbul’s governor said there were no reports of damage.
 
 
The quake was felt across the eastern Greek islands and even in the Greek capital, Athens. Greek media said the residents of Samos and other islands fled their homes, while some rockfalls were reported.
 
Greek public television reported that a "mini-tsunami" occurred on the island of Samos.
 
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis write on Twitter that he had Erdogan "to offer my condolences for the tragic loss of life" caused by the earthquake.
 
"Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together," he added.
 
"France stands alongside the Turkish and Greek peoples to face this terrible ordeal," the French interior minister said on Twitter.
 
"If the governments of these countries so wish, French aid can be immediately dispatched," he added.
 
EU chiefs Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel have both said their "thoughts" are with the people of Greece and Turkey and said that the bloc stands ready to provide assistance.
 
EU commissioner for crisis management, Janez Lenarcic, added that "our Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in close contact with civil protection authorities".
 
Relations between Turkey, Greece and the EU have soured in recent months due to a dispute over water rights in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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