Reports of damaged buildings come from various places in Turkey. In the coastal city of Izmir, a city with more than 2.5 million inhabitants, entire apartment buildings can be seen to have collapsed. People run wild among the rubble. There are also floods.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu writes on Twitter that six buildings have collapsed so far. Damage has also been done to other buildings.
View the first images from Izmir here:
Environment Minister Murat Kurum says some people are trapped under the rubble. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted that he is ready to help “by whatever means available to our state.”
The shock was felt from Istanbul to Athens. In Greece, buildings and roads have been damaged, according to local media. The Deputy Mayor of Samos told Greek public broadcaster ERT that “the walls of some houses have crumbled and several buildings have been damaged.” There are also reports of floods there.
A tsunami cannot be ruled out, according to a Greek seismologist. Residents of the island of Samos, with a population of about 45,000 people, were requested to stay away from the coast.
People throng at a flat in Izmir.
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Power of 7.0
According to the Athens Seismological Institute, the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.6. The epicenter was north of the island of Samos, where floods can also be seen, about seventeen kilometers from Izmir. According to the Turkish Authority for Disaster and Emergency Services, the tremors took place at a depth of 16.5 kilometers around 12.50 a.m. Dutch time.
The American institute USGS also speaks of a quake with a magnitude of 7.0.
Turkey is located in one of the most active earthquake zones in the world. In 1999 northwestern Turkey was hit by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake, killing more than 17,000 people, including 1,000 in Istanbul. Another quake in 2011 in the southeastern province of Van left more than 600 deaths.