Earthquake of magnitude 7 hits Turkish town of Izmir

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Published: October 30,2020 07:38 PM
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October 30, 2020: A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. Several buildings were wrecked in Turkey’s western Izmir province, according to official.

October 30, 2020: A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. Several buildings were wrecked in Turkey’s western Izmir province, according to official.



Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday’s earthquake was centered in the Aegean at a depth of 16,5 kilometers (10.3 miles) and registered at a 6.6 magnitude. The emergency authority said it sent search and rescue teams to Izmir.



The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with an epicenter 13 kilometers (8 miles) north northeast of the Greek island of Samos.



The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0.



Located on Turkey's Aegean coast, Izmir is the country's third-largest city. Damage to buildings has also been reported from the Turkish cities of Bornova and Bayrakli.



Turkish officials also said the earthquake was felt across the regions of Aegean and Marmara, including Istanbul.



Tremors were also felt in the Greek capital of Athens, reports suggest.



The "Greece quake" also caused a mini-tsunami on Samos resulting in damage to buildings, reported news agency AFP. Samos is home to about 45,000 people who have been asked to stay home.



No loss of life has been reported as of yet either from Turkey or Greece. Both countries, however, reported aftershocks. The quake was also felt in Bulgaria.