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Izmir: Death toll rises to 58 in the aftermath of massive 7.0 earthquake

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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.

A strong earthquake struck on Friday between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, collapsing several buildings in Turkeys western Izmir province and leaving at least four people dead.

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Pray for turkey May Allah save turkey pic.twitter.com/4W4zg2qw5R

— Kaleem Ullah Kakar (@U2Kaleemkakar)
October 31, 2020

Top news while you were sleeping! A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck near vacation hotspots in the island of Samos, Greece. 14 were confirmed dead and 6 buildings destroyed. Neighboring Izmir in Turkey also had 6.6 m earthquake with at least 12 people dead and 400 injured. pic.twitter.com/V5CKAvyUea

— Tokyo families (@Tokyofamilies)
October 30, 2020

This year is being devastating due to coronavirus, and today another tragedy, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that leaves several dead and injured in Greece and Izmir/Turkey, i am so sorry, it breaks my heart to see this..
pic.twitter.com/WWiix801gu

— Montsi (@Montsi37392466)
October 30, 2020

Rescue efforts continue on second day as Izmir earthquake leaves 25 dead – live blog https://t.co/ybrQhXqmTv | Ahval News pic.twitter.com/OGEN7fISzP

— Ahval (@ahval_en)
October 31, 2020

BREAKING — At least 4 dead in Izmir, 120 injured in earthquake, Health Minister Koca sayshttps://t.co/ZQDw7t0GU3 pic.twitter.com/u0pzWE7WX0

— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah)
October 30, 2020

Read more in-depth coverage of the Izmir earthquake here.

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