7.0 Earthquake Leaves Damage in Greece, Turkey; Tsunami Reported
By Jan Wesner Childs
At a Glance
- The quake was centered near the northern coast of Samos.
- Video showed collapsed buildings.
- There were reports of a tsunami.
A major earthquake destroyed buildings and caused damage in Turkey and Greece Friday.
The quake was given a preliminary magnitude rating of 7.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey. It was centered in the Aegean Sea about 8.5 miles northeast of Neon Karlovasion, on the north side of the island of Samos, off the coast of Turkey.
Local news said there were reports of fallen buildings and large waves on Samos. Video posted on Twitter showed what appeared to be a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey.
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The mayor of Izmir told CNN Turk that about 20 buildings collapsed. Izmir is Turkey’s third largest city, with a population of about 4.5 million.
Another video showed clouds of dust rising into the air across the city.
A tsunami warning was issued, and residents of Samos were urged to stay away from the coastline, The Associated Press reported. A video posted to Twitter showed water rushing through streets. A translation of the description reads: “After the earthquake in Seferihisar, Izmir, the sea overflowed. We were stuck in the upper floors. There is a lot of damage.”
Greek seismologist Efthymios Lekkas told Greek state television ERT that it was to soon to know if other earthquakes would follow.
“It is an event that is evolving,” Lekkas said, according to the AP.
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