Greece and Turkey Earthquake: death toll reaches 39

Greece and Turkey Earthquake: death toll reaches 39

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On Friday (local time) a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea that left many without power or a safe building to shelter in overnight (local time) in Turkey and Greece.

The earthquake flattened 20 buildings in coastal Turkey. The large shake sent a surge of seawater flooding streets of Izmir and Samos.

Turkey put the magnitude lower, at 6.6 following the magnitude 7.0.

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The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul and struck at a depth of 10km. Turkey and Greece both sit on earthquake-prone fault lines and earthquakes are common.

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Residents were urged by authorities and officials on Friday (local time) to stay outdoors and keep away from coastal areas.

The death toll has risen to 39 with more than 885 people reported as injured.

One of the 39 confirmed victims was an elderly woman who drowned in the tsunami.

37 were killed in Izmir, in the west of Turkey, officials said.

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20 structures, including apartment buildings in Izmir, collapsed.

Both a young girl and a boy died in Samos when a wall collapsed on them. At least 19 people were injured on the island, with two, a 14-year-old, being airlifted to Athens and seven hospitalised on the island.

Authorities said that 103 people had been rescued since the earthquake happened.

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Rescuers continued to dig through concrete blocks after dark on, hoping to find more survivors.

Authorities in Izmir, the rural capital, set up a tent area to house about 2,000 people overnight, amid fears that more buildings could collapse.

Work continued through the night to search for survivors in 20 buildings that were destroyed as a result of the earthquake.

Officials reported that search and rescue operations had been completed in eight buildings, operations are continuing in nine other locations.

A 65-year-old man was saved 26 hours after the quake. Rescue work continued in nine buildings.

Rescue crews and volunteers worked on Friday before Saturday (local time) to further look for any survivors in the downed rubble of buildings when the earthquake struck.

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Search-and-rescue teams lifted teenager Inci Okan out of the rubble of an eight-floor apartment building. Her dog, Fistik, or Pistachio, was also rescued,

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A mother and three of her children were reported trapped in the centre of the city but was rescued alive today by rescue groups.

Approximately 5,500 rescue workers have been deployed to find more survivors.

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The most damage occurred in Izmir, off Turkey’s Aegean coast – where the tremor sent many people running out into the streets in fear and panic of the large quake.

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