At least 58 people have died in the eastern Turkish town of Izmir, local media reports, as rescue efforts continue to look out for heartbeat in the heaps of rubble after at least 20 buildings came down in a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
The Turkish meteorological department measured the intensity of the quake at 6.6, while the US geological department said it was shaking at 7.0 magnitude.
In Izmir, 56 people died, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, as reported by state media, and two people died in Greece.
The quake was so strong, the tremors reverberated until Istanbul in Turkey and Athens in Greece, but no severe damage was reported from anywhere else apart from Izmir and Samos.
On Sunday morning, a 70-years-old man was rescued from the rubbles after he spent 33 hours beneath the fallen building materials.
The man, identified Ahmet Citim, was rescued from the rubbles of the “Riza Bey” residential building which is one of the 19 other buildings that collapsed in the quake.
So far, 109 people have been rescued from the sites where buildings have collapsed and at least 896 people were wounded Friday.
76% of the hospitalized earthquake victims were discharged by Sunday morning, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, and eight of them in ICU.
According to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, so far there have been over 850 aftershocks from the Aegean quake, as of 9:30 AM local time, which even triggered a ‘mini tsunami.’
Forty of the quakes were above magnitude 4.0, local media reported.
The powerful earthquake struck the region on October 30 and has devastated Turkey’s third-most populous city in Izmir province and the Greek Samos island.
Despite the recent row with France over a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad, the French foreign ministry has expressed condolences and said it was ready to deploy help if needed by Turkey.
Other Middle-eastern countries have also extended aid. President Erdogan has promised new homes ASAP to the victims who lost their homes in the quake.
Read more in-depth coverage of the Izmir earthquake here.