A strong earthquake has shaken the Aegean coast of Turkey and the northern Greek island of Samos on Friday, killing at least 24 people and injuring hundreds.
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck 17 km off the coast of the western Turkish province of Izmir and had a magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale. However, Turkish officials put the magnitude of the quake at 6.6 and according to the initial reports from Turkey, 24 people have been killed and 805 injured in Izmir so far.
The quake was also felt on Greek Island Crete, according to the US Geological Survey.
Images have been found in Izmir showing buildings collapsing due to the high magnitude of the quake. There are also videos circulating on social media in which people can be seen removing debris, but these videos have not been confirmed.
The earthquake in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city with a population of about three million, made scores of people running in the streets with panic. At least 20 buildings also collapsed.
There are also reports that the rising sea level has caused flooding in the city and some fishermen are reported missing.
Response of Government
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the government will “utilize all available resources to help the people affected with the earthquake.”
On the other hand, the tsunami caused by the earthquake in Greece has flooded many buildings in the port of Samos. People on the island have been told to stay away from the coast.
Two teenage boys were killed, and eight others were injured when a wall collapsed in Samos. It should be noted that about 45,000 people live in Samos.
Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister.
I offer my condolences to all of Greece on behalf of myself and the Turkish people. Turkey, too, is always ready to help Greece heal its wounds.
That two neighbors show solidarity in difficult times is more valuable than many things in life. https://t.co/eo6iClofKZ
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) October 30, 2020
Greek Prime Minister kyriakos Mitsotakis has said he has offered condolences to President Erdogan over the tragic damage caused by the earthquake in both countries.
In response, Erdogan also offered his condolences to Greece people on behalf of Turkish people.
“No matter what our differences are, this is a time when our people need to stand together,” he wrote in a Twitter message.
Earthquakes in Turkey
Turkey was hit by severe earthquakes many times in history. Recently in January of this year, at least 30 people were killed and 1,600 injured when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shaken the town of Sevres in the Turkish province of Aleppo.
Similarly, in 1999 an earthquake near the Turkish city of Istanbul killed at least 17,000 people.