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6 killed, 202 injured in quake shaking Turkey

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:54 PM, 30 October 2020   Updated: 09:57 PM, 30 October 2020

6 killed, 202 injured in quake shaking Turkey

6 killed, 202 injured in quake shaking Turkey

A powerful earthquake has struck off Turkey's Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, destroying a number of houses. 

The 7.0 magnitude tremor was centered off Turkey's Izmir province, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Turkey put the magnitude lower, at 6.6, saying six people had died and 202 were injured in the city of Izmir. On Samos, eight people were injured.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the quake occurred at 2.51 p.m. local time (1151GMT) at a depth of 16.54 kilometers (around 10 miles).

AFAD also said an emergency aid of 3 million Turkish liras (around $359.000) was sent to the region.

Izmir Governor Yavuz Selim Kosger said that so far 70 people have been rescued from the debris.

The National Defense Ministry has established a crisis desk in the wake of the earthquake two military helicopters are taking part in search and rescue efforts.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said the quake was also felt in the metropolis, but no "negativities" were reported.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said several provinces in the region, including Usak, Denizli, Manisa, Balikesir, Aydin, and Mugla, sustained minor damages to some buildings.

Turkish search and rescue teams are continuing their work on the field.

Earlier, Environment Minister Murat Kurum said that people were trapped under the debris of five buildings demolished in Izmir after the earthquake.

The minister also said he was heading to the region, along with Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli.