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Earthquake of magnitude 7.0 hits western Turkey, Greece

A powerful earthquake has struck off Turkey’s Aegean coast, north of the Greek island of Samos.

The tremor of 7.0 magnitude was centred off Turkey’s Izmir province, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, and was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul.

Turkish officials said there were no reports of casualties so far but six buildings had collapsed in Izmir city.

Turkey and Greece both sit on fault lines and earthquakes are common.

A view of a quake damaged site right after a magnitude 6.6 quake shaking Turkey's Aegean Sea coast
ANADOLU AGENCY VIA GETTY

 

Reports said Friday’s quake was also felt on the Greek island of Crete.

Video on social media showed people searching through the rubble of collapsed buildings.

Witnesses said people in Izmir poured on to the streets when the earthquake struck.

A view of a damaged site right after a quake shaking Turkey's Aegean Sea coast
ANADOLU AGENCY VIA GETTY

Rescuers and local residents are frantically searching for survivors in Izmir

In January more than 30 people were killed and more than 1,600 injured when an earthquake struck Sivrice in Turkey’s eastern Elazig province.

In July 2019, the Greek capital Athens was hit by a tremor that knocked out power to large parts of the city.

A powerful quake that struck the Turkish city of Izmit, near Istanbul, in 1999 killed about 17,000 people.

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