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Earthquake in Turkey kills and injures many

Christian Fernsby |
A small tsunami struck the Seferihisar district south of Izmir, the city in western Turkey that was the worst affected by the earthquake, said Haluk Ozener, director of the Istanbul based Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute.

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Topics: EARTHQUAKE    TURKEY   

A strong earthquake struck Friday in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, killing at least 14 people and injuring over 500 amid collapsed buildings and flooding, officials said.

At least 12 people were killed in Izmir, Turkey's third-largest city, including one who drowned, according to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD.

Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said 522 people were injured, with five undergoing surgery and eight in intensive care.

At least 19 people were injured in Samos, with two, including a 14-year-old, being airlifted to Athens and seven hospitalized on the island, health authorities said.

The small tsunami that hit the Turkish coast also affected Samos, with seawater flooding streets in the main harbour town of Vathi. Authorities warned people to stay away from the coast and from potentially damaged buildings.

Izmir Gov. Yavuz Selim Kosger said at least 70 people were rescued from wrecked buildings, with four destroyed and more than 10 collapsed. Others suffered less severe damage, he said, but did not give an exact number.

Search-and-rescue efforts were underway in at least 17 buildings, AFAD said. Turkish media showed rescuers pulling people from the rubble, including one survivor who was found about six hours after the quake. Emergency teams continued digging after nightfall.

Clouds of dust or smoke rose from several spots as buildings collapsed in the earthquake.


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