According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake was rated 7.0 on the Richter scale. Investigation found that a 7.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded 14 kilometers (8.6 mi) from the Greek city of Samos Karlovasi.
The Turkish government’s disaster agency reported a low intensity of 6.6 for the earthquake, while the Greek Seismic Agency said it measured the earthquake at 6.7. In the photos of Izmir, collapsed buildings were seen and people pushed their way through the stacked streets.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu said on Twitter: “So far we have received information about six demolished buildings in Izmir province.”
“Some of our comrades are trapped in the rubble,” said Environment Minister Murat Kurum, aware of the five demolished buildings. The city’s mayor, Tunak Soir, told CNN Turk he was aware of the collapse of 20 buildings. The water can be seen on the city streets in photos of Ismir shared on social media, due to the seawater surge due to the tsunami.
Coarse white smoke is seen coming from the collapsed white buildings from different parts of the city. Aerial footage from Turkish TV NTV shows that entire city blocks have been turned into rubble.
TRT television showed rescue teams using chain saws by local residents and police as they made their way through the rubble of the seven-story building. Rescuers remained silent during the removal of the debris for signs of anyone alive. CNN Turk has shown that a woman was taken away alive.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted that he is ready to help “with all the means available to our state”. “It was turmoil”
On the Greek island of Samos, near the epicenter of the earthquake, people took to the streets in panic. “The walls of some houses have been uprooted and many buildings have been damaged,” the island’s deputy mayor, Michlis Mitsios, told public broadcaster ERT. “It was chaotic,” said Deputy Mayor Giorgos Dionicio. “We have never experienced anything like this.”
The Greek Civil Protection Agency, in a text message, urged residents of Samos to “stay in the open and away from buildings”. The island’s airport was also closed as a precaution.
Greece and Turkey are both located in one of the most active earthquake zones in the world. In 1999, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck northwestern Turkey, killing more than 17,000 people, including 1,000 in Istanbul.
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