Magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes Western Turkey and Greece.
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On Friday afternoon, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake just struck Western Turkey and Eastern Greece, resulting in serious damage to several buildings. A tsunami is expected. The earthquake lasted several minutes, and one of the buildings that collapsed was the church of Panagia Theotokou in Karlovasi.
So far, no casualties were reported but video footage showed serious damage to buildings in Izmir, Turkey. Around 20 buildings were completely destroyed. The Turkish interior minister, Suleyman Soylu also tweeted that the cities of Bornova and Bayrakli suffered damage to buildings. They also said,
Our teams continue their screening and interventions in the field.Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.
Some Eastern Greek islands felt the earthquake. Greek media reported that residents in the island of Samos, and other islands fled their homes during the earthquake. Samos reported that 8 people were injured during the earthquake. Aftershocks were reported in both countries.
UPDATE: A tsunami struck the Seferihisar District, south of Izmir. Atleast 14 people have been killed, 12 in Izmir and two on the island of Samos, Greece, when a wall fell on two teenagers. Around 419 were injured in Turkey.
UPDATE 2: 49 killed in West Turkey