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Magnitude 7.0 earthquake jolts in Turkey

 International Desk

 Published: 07:54 PM, 30 October 2020   Updated: 08:01 PM, 30 October 2020

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake jolts in Turkey

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake jolts in Turkey

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon, jolting western Turkey and destroying buildings in coastal cities there.

People in and around the Turkish city of Izmir have gathered in the streets after fleeing their buildings to seek safety. At least 20 buildings were destroyed in Izmir, the city's mayor told CNN Turk.

Images showed a car crushed under a building that had collapsed, while TV footage showed people digging through the rubble, apparently in search of survivors.

Buildings were also destroyed in Bornova and Bayrakli following the tremor, the Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter.

"Our teams continue their screening and interventions in the field," he said. There were no immediate reports of injuries of loss of life in cities impacted.

Zeki Soysal, a resident in Izmir province, told CNN Turk that he made it out of his office building just in time before it collapsed.

"There was an older woman in the building but we saved her, she got out. There is another building close to this building. They are continuing to try to get the people out," he said.

The quake struck 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) northeast of the town of Néon Karlovásion on the Greek island of Somos, the USGS reported, at 1:51 pm Greek time (7:51a.m. ET). The impact on Greece was not immediately clear.

But the quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), making its impact powerfully felt at ground level around the epicenter. Turkey's disaster agency recorded the depth at 17 kilometers.

The Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted: "Get well soon İzmir."

"With all the means of our state, we stand by our citizens affected by the earthquake. We took action to start the necessary work in the region with all our relevant institutions and ministers," Erdogan said.