Izmir: Death toll reaches 19, hundreds injured in Turkey earthquake

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Izmir: Death toll reaches 14, hundreds injured in Turkey earthquake - We The World
Visuals from the Turkish city of Izmir where officials say at least 20 buildings collapsed and 14 people have died, including several injured (Image courtesy of @anadoluagency via Twitter)

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The powerful earthquake that jolted the Izmir province of Turkey and Greece killed at least 19 people, and over 450 were reported injured after tens of buildings collapsed in a massive tremor.

Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the quake, originating in the Aegean sea between Greece and Turkey recorded 6.6 magnitudes on the Richter scale. And the US geological department recorded the tremors at 7.0 magnitude.

Local media reports flashed devastating scenes in the aftermath of the quake, with a number of buildings lying demolished into giant piles of rubble, as rescue efforts lookout for life among them.

According to Turkish state media, Anadolu Agency, the earthquake triggered a partial tsunami, even drowning one person, while injuring another.

Izmir: Death toll reaches 14, hundreds injured in Turkey earthquake - We The World
Visuals from the Turkish city of Izmir where officials say at least 20 buildings collapsed and 14 people have died, including several injured (Image courtesy of @anadoluagency via Twitter)

At least 107 aftershocks were reported, 21 of them over 4 magnitudes in strength. Earthquakes over 7 are deemed disastrous and cause huge damage to life and property.

According to the governor, so far 70 people have been rescued from the debris, as the state-backed rescue efforts continue operations.

Izmir mayor Tunc Soyer told CNN Turk at least 20 buildings collapsed in Izmir, the town with the third-highest population in Turkey.

According to Anadolu Agency, the state has also sent three mobile kitchen units, 48 staffers, and 16 vehicles, with a capacity to serve 25k people on the field.

“We pray that there is no further loss of life in Turkey or Greece and we send our best wishes to all those affected on both sides of the earthquake,” Turkey’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun wrote on Twitter.

President Recep Erdogan did not speak out much publicly after the earthquake, except for announcing that the state has dispatched every help possible in the affected region.

The earthquake also had its effects in the Greek coastal town of Samos, where the sea charged into the nearby coastal areas following the earthquake inciting a little flood.

Visuals from the Greek city of Somas where two children were killed from being dumped under a collapsing wall (Image courtesy of @ajplus via Twitter)
Visuals from Somas, where the sea swelled up enough to trigger a mini-tsunami in the aftermath of the earthquake (Image courtesy of @ajplus via Twitter)

However, a serious tsunami warning has been ruled off for now and authorities described it as a ‘mini tsunami.’ Social media footages show water flooding the streets of Cesme and Seferihisarin in parts of Turkey’s widerIzmir province.

Few properties were reported to have damaged in the Greek city and two children have been reported to have died there and few were injured.

Images on social media show panicked people in the affected region, screaming and escaping the buildings as violent tremors shake the up.

France, Greece reaches out

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Twitter that his nation has offered aid to both Greece and Turkey. Both France and Turkey are engaged in a bitter spat over the recent killing of Samuel Patty for showing the Prophet Mohammed cartoon.

“France stands alongside the Turkish and Greek peoples in facing this terrible ordeal,” Darmanin said. “If the governments of these countries so wish, French aid can be immediately sent to the scene.”

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he spoke to Erdogan over the phone. Both Turkey and Greece have shared barbs over an energy issue in the Eastern Mediterranean.

“I just called President @RTErdogan to offer my condolences for the tragic loss of life from the earthquake that struck both our countries. Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together,” Mitsotakis wrote.

Condolences poured in to the two nations from around the world as governments work on heels to rescue as many people possible.

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