26 dead as 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Turkey, Greece
Published: 10:54 AM, 31 October 2020
At least 26 people were killed in Turkey and Greece after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the countries and levelled buildings and caused flooding.
Citing officials, CNN reported that 24 people were killed in coastal areas in Turkey's west, while two teenagers died on the Greek island of Samos after a wall collapsed on them.
In Turkey, at least 20 buildings in the city of Izmir alone were destroyed, Mayor Tunc Soyer told CNN Turk. Images showed vehicles crushed under the buildings and people digging through the rubble in search of survivors.
At least 804 people have been injured in Turkey, said the country's disaster agency. Dozens were saved by rescue teams using diggers and helicopters to search for survivors.
A total of 196 aftershocks have been recorded, 23 of which were over 4.0 magnitude, the agency added.
Search and rescue operations continue in 17 buildings, four of which have collapsed, said Murat Kurum, Turkey's Environment and Urbanization Minister.